"The children in their uniforms watch an educational television program. Their eyes are sparkling in joy while others are still in awe. It is a little humid outside but they are comfortably seated in a classroom unmindful of what is happening beyond its four walls. If not for the opened windows where one could get a glimpse of students having a class in the school's open gym, the setting could be very well mistaken to be in a typical private school classroom." -Santo Nino School Official
Read a letter written by a Sto. Nino School Offical he titles A Look Into the Lives of Some of the Beneficiaries.
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November 2006- Sto. Nino Elementary School Completed
The classroom is built of quality material and is approximately 520 square feet in size. The walls are concrete and the flooring is concrete with rubberized paint finish. The room has good ventilation with six operable glass windows and two doors. Lighting in the room is very good as well, and the workers installed two ceiling fans and two blackboards. The school also constructed a new toilet facility behind the new classroom. We have instructed the agency in Manila to purchase new desks and other supplies with the additional monies you raised for this special project." - Vickie Weidenmann
The construction of the new classroom gives the students a beautiful gift.
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dedication ceremony is a groundbreaking event where a concrete block
is being raised for the new room. Some of the teachers and school
students were in attendance as well.
The signing photographs show the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Manila Agency and the school, which detailed the roles of each institution in the construction and the upkeep of the classroom. Christian Capin was one of the witnesses of the signing -- and he is very proud!" - Vickie Weidenmann
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International officials brought printouts of the Aura's House website
along when they came to the school to tell the kids the good news."
- Vickie Weidenmann
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"The pre-constructed Sto. Nino Elemntary School has many issues that deter the students' learning. The walls are thin and let in water when it rains. The roof is made of a corrugated sheet metal that makes the heat in the classrooms unbearable.
Some of the students have class in a walkway that connects two buildings. They are pictured sitting on a wall instead of on chairs so that students will have room to walk passed them. In such conditions, it is very difficult for teachers to educate their students and even harder for the students to keep from being distracted by these inefficiencies." - Vickie Weidenmann
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|students raise hands||thin leaky walls||1 fan for 50 students||only 1 entry/exit door|
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