We just did the Christmas show, starring the special kids at the Romblon East Central School.
This was not a regular program; it was a fundraising event to raise money so we can complete the mini-therapy area that we started a year ago.
And it was a big success!
Click here to read how we started the project for our children with special needs.
I know, you will ask, how is it possible to put up a show and train children with special needs to perform on stage? It was really a challenge for the teachers, but they did it!
And to think that they only practiced for 2 weeks!
There were challenges along the way, like asking permission from the school head to do the show, to looking for a venue, to conceptualizing the format of the show, etc.
Plans were put in place only 2 weeks before the event, which coincided with the last day of classes before the Christmas break and the day of the Christmas party.
We were tempted to put it on hold for later, but then finally decided to push through because our project still needed lots of funds to be completed.
This also coincided with my visit to my parents in our hometown, so this is really the best time to push this, because it’s always good to work with the teachers personally.
We actually had another fruitful fundraising only in January of this year, and I was also visiting then. It is mentioned close to the end of the above post if you click the link.
These activities made my vacation busier, but more productive and fulfilling. I am so thankful that I have family and friends who are so supportive of this project and helped me to make our plans easier to accomplish.
Of course, with the big push of the 3 very responsible SPED teachers, how could this event be not a big success?
Talents in singing and dancing
Children who had talents in singing were tapped to do solo and duets ( one of them with a parent ) and surely, they were a hit!
By the way, kids who started with the Special Education program, but moved up to the regular classrooms, were also invited to perform.
It is amazing to watch these kids show off their talents and see their confidence in doing their thing. All because they were started early on with special education and were guided and supported to be the best that they are now.
Another amazing number in the program was letting the children with special needs show off their party attire by walking the ramp or modelling.
Most were happy to oblige and confident to walk, but some needed their teacher’s “push ” to walk on the stage. It was so heartwarming to see them do this.
You couldn’t imagine that these kids have developmental disability or physical deformities to start with.
Look how they did their thing!
The highlight of the show was the pantomime of the birth of Jesus.
You could feel the pride of the kids doing their part in the drama. There was Joseph and Mary knocking on the doors looking for the place to give birth to our Saviour.
Later on, with the baby Jesus in their midst, the three kings paid homage, as well as the shepherds with their sheep.
As the play progressed, you would notice the teachers popping in and out of the stage to guide the kids, some of whom seemed not to know where to place themselves or what to do while in the stage.
As an audience who is familiar with the Christmas story, and guided by the kids’ costumes, you will just realize what their parts are and what they need to do.
Such patience and efforts from the teachers!
Those are our Special Education teachers, dedicated to their pupils with special needs.
Did you see the 2 teachers going in and out of the stage to place the kids where they should be?
The final part of the show, was the chorus of all the participants and the teachers, who sang the Christmas song popularized by the artists in the local television channel.
Again, you could feel the Christmas spirit in the air and the excitement that the holiday brings.
For the parents, I saw in their faces that they were so elated of the accomplishments of their children.
And of course teachers Bing, Law, and Nots, I know deep inside they were so thankful that the program was a big hit and their efforts were not wasted.
Kudos to all three of you, I’m so proud of what you have accomplished!
Next time, we have to put up the show in a bigger venue.
A big thanks to our teachers and parents for putting up this beautiful Christmas show !
Silent Auction and Door Prizes
To give more excitement to audience participation, Pangga ta Ikaw donors and friends prepared gift items as prizes for this.
Tickets were sold at the entrance and the venue.
This was really a big hit. People anticipated that their ticket numbers will be called for each gift item.
It didn’t matter if the gifts were big or small, everyone were excited that their numbers will be picked.
These prizes were donated by members and supporters of Pangga ta Ikaw. These gift items were regular daily needs of everyone.
Congratulations to all the winners! Here are some of them with their big smiles.
Some did not only win once but twice or even three times. It was their lucky day indeed!
Days before the Christmas presentation, the SPED teachers and the regular teachers with the help of the parents of the special kids distributed solicitation letters to potential donors with the aim of collecting funds to complete the mini-therapy area.
Included was this awesome invitation to the Christmas show.
There was overwhelming support in response to the letters. The school community and the whole townsfolk felt our need and responded favorably to our appeal.
BIG THANKS to all the donors and supporters!
For sure and we hope that with your big help, our project, the mini-therapy area will be finished soon!
Here’s a glimpse of how our mini-therapy area looks now.
We think it’s almost done, but it still needs a great amount of money.
Nevertheless, I believe, we’re almost there and again, my heart bursts with joy with all your help.
Watch out for the next article about the progress of this project.
We still accept donations to finish the project and for purchase of future equipment. Please give your donations in cash or in kind to any one of our three teachers or you can visit our Go fund Me page.
Big Thank You
Again, much appreciation to everyone who have given their financial support and to the future donors.
The Christmas show held on December 15, 2018, at the Romblon East Central School – SPED Romblon, Romblon Philippines was indeed a great success, of course with lots of support from the teachers and the principal, Mr. Joseph Menorca and the donors from the community.
GOD will always give back a lot more for your generosity.