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Thursday, July 09, 2009

NEBES Read-Aloud and Storytelling Session

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Kgd. Piano tackles ‘skill development’ to 50 kids

“Dream big for yourself and put them into action.”

This is the theme of the story entitled “A Beautiful Dreamer” which City Councilor and Olongapo Skills Training Center Director Edwin J. Piano, had retold to some 50 school children of Nellie E. Brown Elementary School (NEBES) during the Read-Aloud and Storytelling Session held last June 26 at the school Extensive Reading Center (ERC).

The NEBES Read-Aloud and Storytelling Session is a monthly reading-aloud activity where professionals and other community leaders are invited to read or retell stories that could inspire the schoolchildren.


A PDI-Inspired Activity

This reading program was introduced to the school by Mrs. Eva B. Imingan, the District English/Reading Coordinator which aims to promote genuine love for reading among children through reading-aloud strategy – an idea that was inspired by the Read-Along Session of the Philippine Daily Inquirer where celebrities / community leaders were invited to tell stories to schoolchildren in the public schools.

Meaningful Reading Project

This reading project seeks to enhance children’s reading experiences by presentation of literature of various genres by the invited guest storyteller; with connection to the content subjects they have in their classroom.

This activity was made possible through the support of the school principals Mrs. Reolita R. Ecura and District Supervisor, Dr. Ramil G. Gonzales.

Said program of the school is now on its second year of implementation with the approval from Dr. Ligaya B. Monato, the Schools Division Superintendent.

A Reader today is a Leader tomorrow

The story, “The Beautiful Dreamer” – a Chinese fable, tries to share and point out the value of hard work and perseverance in reaching out for one’s goals in pursuing dreams in life. It is also about learning the necessary skills to be able to survive the challenges of life in these times of economic crisis. Unemployment is just one of the many problems that affect our country and so please must learn the skills needed to best the odds and uplift their lives.

“We need to be persistent in developing our talents and abilities. This is the only way that we can make a difference in our families and to the community as a whole.” Kgd. Piano admonished to the crowd of eager listeners. “One should not stop from reading and learning. Everyone must strive for personal excellence in order to be productive; and practice always make perfect results,” added.

“It is timely and an eye-opener for all children,” said Roma Angela Manuel (VI-I) regarding the suitability of the book.

The children had taken part in reading the story with Kgd. Piano and they were all delighted while listening and reading the story in a power point presentation.

High Hopes

Mrs. Reolita R. Ecura, the school principal, hopes for the continuous implementation of this activity in the years to come. “I think this one is a worthwhile reading activity to be done in our school for the benefit of our children. A reader today is a leader tomorrow.”

“We hope that more children will be inspired to read books and become just like our guest storyteller who shares with us the noble advocacy in educating the youth through reading. “She pointed out with optimism.


By. Melody M. Gonzales
Grade IV Teacher
Nellie E. Brown Elementary School

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