The “Brigada Eskwela” Experience

The “Brigada Eskwela” Experience

Laguna, Philippines.

Today is officially the start of classes in most public schools in the country. That also meant at least an hour extra early for most of us to wake up and begin our day. Children had to be taken care of and brought to school on time. Not to mention the rushing about to avoid the expected heavy traffic that was not around for a couple of months in busy areas during the weekdays.

As I pass by one of the elementary schools on my way to work, I caught myself smiling as I see their cleaned up surrounding and newly painted building. The children coming in may not be mindful of it, but I’m quite sure they will enjoy their school’s surroundings for at least a couple of weeks ahead. Some of them may not know that it is the product of their parent’s effort, together with the private sector and other concerned citizens, to make their school more conducive for learning.

Every year, the Department of Education organizes the Brigada Eskwela a few weeks before school opening. This project aims to seek the help of people, organizations, and institutions in “re-building” the look of the public schools in their community. And every year, Builder’s Choice Paints participates by donating paints to the National High School near our manufacturing plant. For the second time, some of our employees even helped do the painting. The paints brought life to their main gate and walls.

Looking now at the school, with all the children rushing in, it felt good to know that we were part of the Brigada. As they say, there is no “little” in the phrase “good deed”, because every good that you do could leave the grandest impression in someone else’s life.




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