September 26, 2023
Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool celebrates Grandparents’ Day
By Ben Baquilod
Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool Philippines paid tribute to grandmothers and grandfathers during its Grandparents' Day celebration held on September 22 at Tzu Chi Philippines Jing Si Hall on Agno Street, Quezon City.
The event witnessed the participation of grandparents, guardians, and preschoolers in various activities, such as dance energizers and sign language performances. Teacher Benny Polican led a storytelling session about the love for grandparents. Students presented their grandparents with customized greeting cards featuring handprints and family photos. Later in the day, grandparents and children bonded while designing tote bags during a painting session.
During the break, the students delighted their grandparents by serving sandwiches and fruits. "I think they were genuinely happy, touched, and proud because you could see everyone taking out their phones to capture those memorable moments," Teacher Benny, the Preschool's new Chinese language teacher, remarked.
Teacher Benny, who holds a degree in Elementary Education with a major in Early Childhood Education and a master's degree in Psychology with a major in Human Development, expressed her passion for teaching preschoolers. "After completing my graduate studies, I had the option to teach in senior high, but I realized I wanted to return to teaching preschool," Teacher Benny explained. "I feel that my true calling is in the preschool environment."
“I’m happy with what I’m doing, and I’m excited to see these children every day. They’re so kind and so sweet, and their energy is infectious,” she added. “I look forward to more heartwarming moments like this.”
One of the grandparents deeply touched by the occasion was Mr. Ruben Bangayan, who flew all the way from Davao to spend the day with his grandchild, Theo. "Watching him stand up and present us with a gift, seeing him serve us food, and painting with him - it's a completely unique experience," Ruben marveled.
This special occasion marked Ruben's first encounter with Tzu Chi, and he was amazed by the school's emphasis on teaching good values above all else. "Thank you for promoting this, and I hope there will be more activities like this. I hope the teachers continue to instill good values in them," he said. "I believe that values are equally, if not more, important than just education. They matter more in this world today."