An Improved Environment

by Ludy Laud Reyno
(San Manuel, Isabela, Philippines)

It was 2008 when I was assigned in Mananao Elementary School, District I, San Manuel, Isabela, Philippines as a school principal. With modesty aside, I described this school "bare." No trees. No plants. No beautification. Three classrooms were built and used by the combination classes of grades I-VI.

Being a School Head, I thought of possible programs and projects to improve the academic level of the children. While making the plans, one that struck most in my mind was to beautify the place, which would eventually motivate children to come to school daily. I tapped the help of my co-teachers, the Homeroom PTA, and and other villagers to fix the school surroundings.

We agreed to get seedlings of trees at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO). Another source of seedlings was the School Nursery of San Manuel Central School (same town) with the Agriculture teacher, Mr. Noel Alamani. With the help of the populace, we planted the seedlings, built tree guards and took care of the plants.

The trees grew robustly. The school ground became shady. Parents were motivated to sow more seeds of different plants. It became a trend of action to raise plants not only at school but most especially in their homes. From these scenarios, pupils were already coming to school daily, a fact that they were engrossed in their learning.

Today, none of the corners of our school is bare. Flowering plants are around. A school nursery was built and used as a propagation station of varieties of vegetables, ornamentals and trees. The latest was the banana plantation where thousands of fruits are being harvested.

Planting modifies the place. Planting beautifies a surrounding. Planting is a source of living.

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Aug 06, 2015
Thanks for being yourself
by: Anonymous

Thanks, Ludy, for being yourself.
People like you create history.
People like you give more than they ask for.

Let me explain my point. You were trying not only to improve student achievement, you were doing your best to make students love this place.


Aug 02, 2014
A wonderful accomplishment!
by: manang

You have done a great part of being a school head. Keep up the good work. The villagers will always remember your efforts. A legacy to the pupils in your ward...!

Jul 28, 2014
Nature Lover
by: Flora

It's really a greening activity! I can't imagine how industrious the villagers are!

How I wish we could imitate it. Determination of the School Head. Full support of the folks. Assistance from the teachers. Good effect.

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