Monday was the first day of school for the children in the Philippines there at the children’s home. All except for Leray, our very precocious 4-year-old. More about her later. The older children, 4 girls, have started senior high school, grades 11 and 12. Previously the schooling had ended at the end of 10th grade. This is the first year that 11 and 12 was offered in this area. To get further education, you had to go to college.
Little Leray has been tutored by Princess and Meriam in reading and writing English as well as other subjects, since shortly after she turned 3. She did well enough that at Christmas time, she was able to send me a message that was mostly readable and spelled right with a strange, somewhat Spanish sentence construction. She is so advanced that she is going to start preschool next Monday to get a more systematic learning.
She was so proud of her backpack and school supplies that she wanted to make sure that Inday took the picture of her and Kevin with their backpacks to send to me. She wanted Daddy, as all the children call me, to know that she would do very good in school to make me proud. Kevin and Dindo, they are cousins, are in the same classroom. This is good because Kevin was scared to go to school.
I have included the pictures of all the children that I could immediately locate so you can see some of our children that we provide school supplies, uniforms, and other needed items so that they can stay in school.