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Bright Readers' Day at Apas Elementary School - Kindergarten Class

The great biblical tradition enjoins on all peoples the duty to hear the voice of the poor. It bids us break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities. ~ Pope Francis (January 16, 2015 speech in Malacañang)

The environment has a crucial role in the development of a child and as such, young students living in resource-poor communities may not reach their full potential. How can they be good readers when they do not have books? Bright Start understands why parents of our beneficiaries do not buy books for them. Not that they do not want to, but because the very little income that they have (mostly as jeepney drivers) goes to food. Also, they themselves did not experience "book-reading" activities when they were young. They come from other rural areas hoping for a better life in the city.

Bright Start envisions that these small steps that we have taken will have a big impact on the lives we try to touch. Having said that, we are grateful everyday for those who support us in this mission.

We are happy to have a Bright Readers' day for our Give Books - Give Love Year. This was held at the Kindergarten classroom at Apas Elementary School last January 9, 2015. On behalf of the 35 children (am and pm classes) and their teacher, a big thank you to Lisly Alcano for the books and to the Epistola family for the pencils.

We are still accepting books donation and for those who like to give dictionaries for elementary students, you may send us a message so we can provide you with details.

To God be the Glory!

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