BALON DAGUPAN NEWS
YOUNG City Mayor Jalen Kody Miles Fernandez of 2018 “Manlingkor Ya Kalangweran” batch took on new task as teacher to elementary students from different public schools in observance of the National Teachers’ Month this September.
The young city mayor visited students of Calmay Elementary School on Wednesday and took over the teachers’ chore for a discussion on moral values.
On Friday, he visited grade 6 students of Tebeng Elementary School where he partnered with teacher fellows from Teach for the Philippines (TFP) again to discuss values and leadership traits with students.
The TFP is a non-government organization geared towards providing children with more access to education by sending teacher fellows to local public schools to assist and provide training and materials that will help improve instruction in their designated schools.
Fernandez received a token of appreciation from TFP for his active support to education and its stakeholders—both teachers and students.
“We want our students to believe in themselves. This is a unique opportunity for the kids to see someone close to their age but already in a position of leadership. This is hopefully a way for our kids (and for Kody) to learn. And this is an experience he’ll take with him as he grows up and continues to lead,” said TFP Teacher Fellow Maria Regina Santiago.
Meanwhile, the Fernandez urged his fellow youth to look at the activity as a way to express gratitude and appreciation for their teachers.
“Not all of us realize that they are our second parents– they are our heroes. Without them, there would be no presidents, no engineers, doctors (or other people helping our communities). We just don’t realize how important this job is for the future. Hopefully, we will not run short of teachers,” added Fernandez.
Aside from lectures and activities, Fernandez also distributed Pik-Nik packs to students in their respective schools, sponsored by Emperador Distillers.
The young city mayor will continue to visit various public schools in the city during the duration of the National Teachers’ Month which commenced September 5, till October 5. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)
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