On its fourth year, the College of Education (COE) Community Extension Service (CES) for children in the elementary schools AKA “Aral Fiesta” once again brought smiles to the children’s faces and this time served 183 pupils. The activity was held in AUP’s adopted school Bucal, Elementary School in barangay Bucal, Silang, Cavite on January 31, 2019, during DAY 5 of the week’s celebration of Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP’s) 102nd founding anniversary. A total of 80 volunteer COE students who served as facilitators, set up fun filled activity booths by major areas. These are English and Filipino, Math and Science, Elementary Education and Special Education, Technology and Livelihood Education, History, and Music, Arts, PE, and Health (MAPEH) booths with games, drills, character building stories, puzzles, simulations, music, arts, and physical exercises. Along with the COE students all ten faculty and staff of the college headed by Dr. Leonardo Dorado, COE dean served as coaches and advisers of each group.
“The goal is to make learning fun for the kids; applying outdoors and in real setting what our teacher education students learned in the classroom”, according to Prof. Michelle Collado, one of the faculty members and former CES coordinator of COE in a spot interview by the correspondents of the Advancement office. Mr. Reynaldo S. Baysan, the school principal expressed his gratitude to AUP for choosing Bucal, as adopted community, “Our students came to school early because they were excited to experience the Aral Fiesta program, which greatly enhanced their skills because of the various fun activities they experienced for the first time; Natututo din sila makibagay at makisalamuha sa kanilang mga kamag-aral.”
Also present in the event were Ms. Eunice R. Carpizo, AUP CES Director and her staff, and Mr. Oemer Daquilla, AUP Advancement Director and his multi-media crew.
It will be recalled that the first three Aral Fiesta events were held in Puting Kahoy Elementary School, in AUP for the Elementary and Academy Students, and in Sto. Domingo, Elementary School, all under the former COE dean Dr. Gracel Ann S. Saban.
Aside from COE, the Nutrition, and the Medical Laboratory Science departments of the College of Health (COH), the College of Dentistry (COD), the College of Medicine (COM and the IT and ECE departments of the College of Science and Technology (CST), also rendered services in Bucal. The services were as follows, testing blood sugar, dental mission, and physical examination services by COH, COD, and COM respectively. CST offered free appliances repair to the community. In Barangay Tartaria, the students from the College of Nursing (CON) conducted health and hygiene education and distributed personal care and hygiene products to the students of Tartaria Elementary School. Meanwhile students who were left on campus engaged in a clean-up and tree planting drive at the proposed student park.