The Big Sleep-over

Sleep over

Scholars using the SAS Ai laptop donated by Jim and Wanda Parker of Florida

In addition to attending classes, our scholars take part in out-of-the-classroom activities, such as, hosted sleep-overs, picnics, educational excursions and community volunteer work. We find such activities helpful in developing camaraderie, friendships and good interpersonal relationships among the scholars. These extra-curricular activities also promote civic and environmental awareness, encourage peer-to-peer mentoring, and enhances development of social skills.

Hosted by Field Team Leader, Mr Albert D Bunoan and his wife, the SAS Ai scholars enjoyed a sleep-over at the Bunoan residence in Barangay Dardarat. After the event, Mr Bunoan filed a report with the Board of Trustees summarizing the agenda and observable results. The great meals prepared and served by Mrs Bunoan highlighted the event followed closely by the computer tutorials. The story telling was a close third in the event popularity scale.

Some of the comments:

“Sir Albert I hope and pray we do this sleep-over again soon,” declared an excited Rocel Ann Vinluan.

“Mrs Bunoan makes the best sweet rice cakes and the most delicious roasted chicken. Thank you Ma’am. Thank you Sir.” This statement came from three or four scholars.

“I learned how to send, copy and forward to multiple recipients email messages,” shared Michelle Pera.

“Thank you Karen Paola for helping me with my Math,” commented Randy Doctor, Jr.

Success! The sleep-over experience became the most talked about event of the quarter. We are looking next at an educational excursion to the old city of Vigan to visit the old Spanish era Bishop’s residence, the cathedral and the modern section of the city.



Heart in hand

We learn to give from our hearts early in life

“Here’s a chocolate chip cookie. Share it with your sister,” my mother’s voice still rings loud and clear in my head to this day.

She issued such commands lovingly that out of my deep respect for her I would follow them to the letter. Whether we remember it or not, our parents, elders, grandparents, aunts, uncles taught us some form of sharing early in life. In my old age I give and share not so much out of respect and obedience to my mother’s wishes but because it is a privilege to give.

As a youngster I’d walk a kilometer for a chocolate chip cookie. I squirreled away into my secret vault a stash of chocolate chip cookies, to keep it away from cookie beggars and snatchers. My mother knew me well and would remind me, “Share your chocolate chip cookies.”

In her wisdom my mother helped me acquire better habits. Over the years I’ve grown to appreciate my mother’s early influence. One day she caught me hoarding candy and other consumables. She calmly informed me, “You can’t eat it all and besides you can’t take it with you.”

Yes, we cannot take it with us. Let us share what we have with others, specially those in need, while we still can.

Eden Dungan, Field Team Volunteer

Eden Dungan

Eden Dungan’s first meeting with SAS Ai scholars

Meet Eden Dungan, SAS Ai Field Team volunteer. She, along with six other professionals, make up the Field Team. We take great pride in the work of our Field Team members. Collectively they are the face of SAS Ai on the school campus. Their work encompasses looking after our scholars’ needs and welfare. More importantly, the Field Team holds the scholars accountable for their class attendance, school work and grades, personal behavior on and off the school campus. The Field Team processes applications for financial aid.

Eden firmly believes good education is important to one’s future and success. In her civil service work for the municipal government of Sudipen, La Union, she meets many young people disadvantaged by barely knowing how to read and write. Eden knows their predicament and concludes out loud, “No wonder they cannot compete even for the most menial jobs.”

Her wish to help the young, gifted kids in our assistance program, prompted her to join our Field Team. A most personable and gifted person, friendly and affable, Eden brings much to our program.