Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cornerstone, a partnership program for Education of CFC ANCOP  with Ateneo Center for Education (ACED),  reaches out to the elementary students who are struggling with reading. Volunteers from CFC Community, corporate partners and students from different universities and colleges render their time as reading tutors and values formators to the children. Cornerstone also caters Leaders and Values Formation programs for High school students. The program is currently present in 219 schools across the country.

Every Saturday of the school year is not just a tutorial day but also for the tutors and tutees to share the joy and learning through different activities. The program also opens the gates for evangelization to the children and to the young adults for Kids For Christ (KFC) and Youth for Christ (YFC). 

Hulo Elementary School, a Cornerstone school in Mandaluyong City is one of the hundreds of schools that experienced a different kind of Saturdays. Bro. Roldan Maico, Hulo Cornerstone’s Team Head and an SFC member, personally shared the impact that the program has given in his life. He said, “Sa Cornerstone ko na feel maging totoong teacher, kasi nararamdaman ko sa mga bata ang love.” (I felt being a real teacher in Cornerstone because I felt the love from the kids). Though teacher by profession, Maico conveyed that the service he has, gave a rest for his heart. He added, “Cornerstone is a rest day, dahil doon nakakapagpahinga ang puso at kaluluwa… Dito ko din natutunan na unahin ang iba kaysa sa sarili. It is happiness deep inside.” (Cornerstone is a rest day because it is where my heart and soul can rest… I also learned to put others first before myself. It is happiness deep inside)

The school conducted their Moving Up Ceremony last March 24, 2018, where volunteers and students recall the memories they have. The day was also spent to celebrate every child’s progress not just in their academic aspect but also how their confidence boosted after experiencing the program. Ms. Flormida Rafallo, a grade 2 teacher and a faculty in-charge for Hulo Cornerstone, witnessed the said progress. She said, “Through Cornerstone, nagkaroon sila ng second family. Nag improve sila sa academic. Natulungan din nila yung mga bata na maimprove ang confidence in terms of socialization. Kasi aside from regular reading tutorial, naiimprove din yung talent nila.” (They had a second family through Cornerstone. They improved academically and they helped the students improve their confidence in terms of socialization. Their talents also improved, aside from the regular reading tutorial they have)

There were also storytelling and presentations from both ends during the ceremony. To commend the students for their hard work, they were awarded according to the fields they excel in and for the outstanding values they have shown all throughout the year.

Bro. Arnel Palaran, Cornerstone Sector Coordinator of Central A, also imparted his hopes for the students of Hulo Cornerstone. He reminded them to always cherish their school life by being passionate about studying and praying. Palaran concluded the program by being grateful for the hearts of everyone who supported the program. He said, “Hindi natin to magagawa kung walang pagmamahal” (We cannot do this without love).

Today, all Cornerstone schools in the 12 Metro Manila Sectors and 32 provinces across the country closed the school year with Moving Up ceremonies. The program is now looking forward to another fruitful school year of service to Filipino students.


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