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a young student raises her hand in class
Evalyn is happy to meet her new teacher and classmates during the first day of school. Photo: Crislyn Felisilda, World Vision.
after her first day back at school for the year, a young student heads home
Evalyn says: “After meeting some new friends, we conducted an election of class officers. I’m proud to be chosen as the class treasurer!“ Photo: Crislyn Felisilda, World Vision.
Like kids all around the world, Evalyn is excited to head back to school to learn new things and make new friends. Her new school supplies, given by World Vision, inspire her to excel in her studies. Read on for Evalyn’s first-person account of her first day back at school.
 
“I was extremely excited for my first day back at school. I woke up early in the morning, took a bath, and ate a hearty breakfast. Mama cooked rice and the usual fish in vinegar sauce.
 
I had all my requirements laid out — school bag, packed lunch with little fork and spoon, a hankie and a little towel, and school supplies labelled with my name.
 
I wore my best clothes. Mama is a seamstress and she made these trousers for me. Since my parents couldn’t afford to buy shoes yet, I washed my sandals. Then, I was thrilled to go.

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To get to school, I could take a motorcycle, yet I prefer to walk. It isn’t so tiring because there are plenty of other students along the way. Children from our neighbourhood prefer to walk the distance to save transportation fare.
 
When I got to school, I saw children starting their chores: cleaning the classrooms, fetching water and sweeping the grounds. We usually do this before the start of classes because public schools in the Philippines don’t have maintenance staff.
 
I met my new teacher. I like her because she’s friendly and smart. She had us take part in a “getting-to-know-you” activity.
 
After meeting some new friends, we conducted an election of class officers. I’m proud to be chosen as the class treasurer!
 
Our new lessons are interesting. On the first day, we tackled science and math. I used my new set of school supplies, given by World Vision, to take notes.
 
I received 14 paper pads, 14 pens, one set of crayons, 15 notebooks, and a plastic envelope [for storage]. I covered my notebooks with plastic so that they won’t be easily worn out.
 
I truly value these gifts and I feel happy to receive them. Our poverty inspires me to do well in school so that I can help my family [later on]. Papa doesn’t make much from farming, so I’m glad I’m sponsored. My parents don’t need to worry about purchasing the things I need for school, because World Vision provides them.
 
After school, we enjoy playing luksong tinik (“jumping thorns,” similar to leap-frog) and hide-and-seek. The fun activities lift my spirits up.
 
Even if summer is over, it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of fun and excitement.”
 
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