December 12, 2022
Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool Philippines holds Thanksgiving program
By Ben Baquilod
The Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool Philippines held its Thanksgiving program on December 9 at the Jing Si Hall of Tzu Chi Foundation in Agno, Quezon City. The program opened with cute performances from the preschoolers—from a short play on the value of sharing toys, dancing to Christmas songs, to sign language numbers of Tzu Chi children’s music.
“Seeing my child perform today, I feel just happy,” says Frederick Lee of his son Alexander Wayne. “When he started the school year, he had separation anxiety and he kept on crying. But seeing him right now, I feel proud as a dad,” he adds.
To show gratitude for the many gifts they received, the students played a gift-giving game, wherein they tried to identify their parents covered with shawl, and afterwards offered them with customized and hand-made Christmas cards.
Parents and families witnessed their children’s art works through an exhibit. “We guided the students in making these art works and we wanted to showcase their talents and skills to their families,” says proud Nursery Teacher Christine Pauline Paje.
In the spirit of thanksgiving, Teacher Pauline expressed gratitude to Tzu Chi for exposing her to many opportunities. “I get to bond with the children as well as their families. We’re creating a sense of community wherein we are able to give back to other people who are less fortunate,” she says.
In the preschool’s recent holiday bake sale, the students and their families were able to bake 2,100 cupcakes and 591 brownies, whose proceeds went to the elementary scholars of Tzu Chi Foundation.
“You have been very supportive of our projects and causes and we appreciate it so much,” says Preschool Directress Jane Sy to the students’ families.
Sy also recognized the efforts of the teachers, staff, and volunteers of the school who have been an important support group to its successful operation. “Our school is like a small community, and we are one family here,” she says.
To mark the end of the year, Sy left the attendees with a Jing Si Aphorism by Dharma Master Cheng Yen: “May we know our blessings, cherish our blessings, and sow more blessings. May we always be grateful to everyone we encounter and to everything that we experience,” she says. “And let us be relieved to spread love, happiness, and blessings all year round.”