I am sure my niece and nephews are not looking forward to go back to school yet but they are excited about getting new school supplies and uniforms. My brother and his family just moved to his wife’s place a couple of months ago, will definitely enroll his son to a new school nearby. Actually, the school is just right across their house. He will be in the Second Grade this year.
On the other hand, my younger sister’s kids are ready to be enrolled in the new grade levels. My niece will be in Ninth Grade and my nephew will be in Fifth Grade. Oh how time flies! Seems like yesterday when I was playing pretend with those kids back home. They are growing so fast.
My sister told me something about this ‘brigada’ thing they do before the classes starts. It wasn’t clear to me at first because she did not elaborate what this ‘brigada’ thing really means. I asked her what they do in the school before the enrollment begins. She said parents have to do cleanup and weed removal using shovels. This is a new program by the Department of Education called ‘Brigada Eskwela’ (School Brigade) focusing on school environmental cleanup, recycling, and the importance of school sanitation and hygiene. The DepEd is teaming with parents, teachers, and other concerned people on this school maintenance program. Well, it’s not a bad idea at all. In fact, this will give the individuals something to engage with. Helping the school and environment is a big deal.
Classes start on June 3, 2013. Hopefully the balikbayan box will arrive and be delivered very soon because I sent the kids some new clothing.