One of our most successful SAS Ai scholars, Arthien Lovell Pelingen (photo at left courtesy of UP Galleria Studios) who graduated Class Salutatorian, SAS Ai 2011-12, sent us this letter, sharing with us how he is doing at the University of the Philippines where he is a Sophomore Biology student::
“It’s summer time here in the Philippines,” Jonel Leal’s letter begins. “School’s out and here I am enjoying every minute of my vacation.”
As we read on with Jonel’s short note, he indicates he is a bit inundated with household chores. “I do help my mother though with tons of house chores…”
Oh my. He continues, “…and it’s always a pleasure working in the fields.” This sentence caught our imagination. The rice fields back where Jonel comes from grow lush and green. Situated in the foothills, the rice stalks emerge tall and sturdy, as opposed to spindly thin and willowy as what grows in the sandy bottom fields.
Towards the summer and heavily laden with grain, the rice stalks sway with the mountain breeze. In the case of rice grown in the fields of Ambalayat where Jonel lives, the expression to describe the billowing stalks would be “green waves of grain”. No wonder Jonel loves working in the fields.
He continues and ends his letter with: “By the way, I have submitted my comment to GreatNonprofits.org regarding SAS Ai. I am sure this would help our organization be recognized all over the world.”
Summer vacation signals good times for students. Out of school, no homework assignments, no school projects, no tests, no pop quizzes, no chance of being tardy – the business of school’s practically shelved. With such wonderful news you would think Karen Laurente jumping up and down for joy.
Well, she writes us this letter. The news surprised us. We admire this young lady’s resourcefulness. Read on…
Good day to you Sir. I hope and I pray that you, your family and all the kind and generous people who continue to support our education are always in their best of health.
I write this letter to tell you that I passed the examination for a summer job. Last March 27, 2013 the Tagudin Municipal government gave a test to pre-qualify students applying for summer jobs. The chief clerk proctored the test at the municipal hall.
There were many job applicants who took the test. I am happy to report to you I was one of the 40 lucky students, who will begin working on April 15, 2013. The summer job will be at the municipal hall and will last until May 10, 2013.
My Mom shares my excitement. I want to let you know that I might be busy during those dates and if ever my fellow SAS Ai scholars will have activities scheduled during those dates, I may not able to join them and I apologize for that.
But if ever I will have some free time, I will definitely join my fellow scholars.
That’s all for now Sir and I thank you for always keeping in touch with us. Once again, good day and God bless.
Karen typifies the SAS Ai scholar. Bright, promising and competitive, these kids come from poor families. SAS Ai’s mission is to help these kids get a good high school education at SAS. With your continued generous donations to the scholarship fund, we can continue to give them the financial aid until they finish school.
Leonardjon Buenavista, a member of the Board of Trustees who was home on vacation in Tagudin, shot, directed and produced this SAS Ai video. We share it with you here expressing our gratitude to Engr Buenavista for his work.
The video shows the SAS Ai scholars introducing themselves and singing thank you to their sponsors. Additionally it shows the scholars working together during a break from their classroom activities.
Ever since her Freshman year three years ago, Karen Paola Makil has distinguished herself as the “perennial Honor Roll scholar” of SAS Ai. She hasn’t missed a year yet.
She has won more Founders Medal awards than any other SAS Ai scholar. The Founders medal is awarded for exemplary scholastic achievement work, responsible citizenship and leadership abilities. Karen exemplifies all these traits and characteristics.
The photo at left shows Karen Paola at the 2012 end of year commencement exercises. Again she garnered a decent position in the Honor Roll. Here we see Mr Makil proudly pinning Karen’s honor roll ribbon while she holds and shows off her certificate. Karen stands as an excellent example of a motivated and responsible student who shows her appreciation for the scholarship assistance by performing at her best always. Her performance shows how an assistance program, such as, SAS Ai’s can truly help bright kids who come from poor families get a good high school education at SAS.