KaEskwela, Inc., our non-profit and non-stock organization that helps public schools, received an e-mail last year from Mr. Augusto Chio. Sir Nony, as we call him, was looking for an organization that can help their family organize a free trip to the Ayala and Mind Museums for students in Morong, Bataan.
One of the most inspiring things about the project is that the Chio Family has been sponsoring yearly museum tours since 2011, without publicity and with the sincere belief that the activity will be good for the children. The first time I visited Sir Nony and Ma’am Tess in their home to talk about the project, I began to reassess my #retirementgoals.
After a series of meetings and correspondence with our kindhearted sponsors, the school administrators and faculty, and months of preparation for the project, the museum trip pushed through last Saturday.
One hundred fifty-nine (159) Grade 6 kids from the Nagbalayong Elementary School (NES) and F. Angeles Memorial School (FAMES) had a day of fun and learning at the Ayala and Mind Museums. We were also joined by 22 teachers, including the principals, Ma’am Mayette Labandilo and Ma’am Gemma Taba-Barquin. The participants are now preparing for their post-tour projects, which include exhibits and essay writing.
KaEskwela is honored to be part of this project. We thank the Chio Family and the participating schools. We are especially grateful to the following volunteers who helped make the tour meaningful for the kids: Jhony Martin Alba, Espie Apostol, Hera Aiza Barona, JayR Casiano, Ryan Demesa, Jenny Hernandez, Jonnah Lapizar, James Lorenzo, Eunice Monsod, Jen Nicolas, April Paguio, Katrina Regunton, Dia Santos, and Jayson Vicedo.