Employees from SM City Cagayan de Oro mall administration and SMLEI, and agency personnel together with Lumbia Central School teachers.
On June 4, 2016, SM employees across Mindanao region came out in full force to participate in “Adopt-a-School,” an Employee Volunteerism Program (EVP) aimed at benefiting public elementary schools. The said activity was held in support of the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela, which ensures that school facilities are ready for the opening of classes.
Sharing their time, efforts and resources, employee volunteers from SM City General Santos, SM City Davao, SM Lanang Premier, and SM City Cagayan de Oro spearheaded a simultaneous clean-up, maintenance and repair work of school facilities.
In SM City General Santos, employee volunteers repainted some of the classrooms and the stage of Balite Elementary School. They also donated cleaning materials and first aid kits for the students and teachers. Balite Elementary School has produced a Valedictorian graduate of batch 1999, Rose Fatima Manlangit, who is now working as a Building Administration Officer of SM City GenSan.
“I am privileged to have been given a chance to go back here and serve my Alma Mater. I am also proud that I am an employee of SM who is able to demonstrate concern to the community through this kind of activity,” notes Rose Fatima Manlangit.
In Davao, staff of both SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier conducted their respective “Adopt-a-School” initiatives.
SM City Davao adopted Kabacan Elementary School, which is near the mall. Employee volunteers from the mall, SM Foundation scholars as well as the SM Security Force cleaned up classrooms, repaired armchairs and did some carpentry works. SM also rehabilitated the school library making it more conducive to learning. Kabacan Elementary School is expected to cater to some 2,000 students. In the past, the school has also received benches as well as reference books from SM City Davao.
Meanwhile, employee volunteers of SM Lanang Premier, together with Security and Engineering agency personnel, reached out to the neighboring Ubalde Elementary School. Apart from cleaning and beautifying the school grounds and façade, they made a longstanding contribution by turning over newly built bookshelves to the school library. SM Lanang Premier also previously donated electric fans and educational textbooks to Ubalde Elementary School, which has a population of around 800 students.
In the same way, SM City Cagayan de Oro employees, together with SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SMLEI), Security Agency and Engineering Agency personnel, carried out their “Adopt-a-School” activity at Lumbia Central School. They improved the comfort and convenience of the classrooms through general cleaning and repairing of broken ceilings, doors, and lights and plumbing works in the restrooms.
The “Adopt-a-School” activity is under SM Supermalls’ Employee Volunteerism Program, which encourages employees to give back to the community and the less privileged sectors of the society.
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