By: Mico Minerva & Xandro Romualdez
Though the main intent of Project S.H.A.R.E. has always been to hone the skills and virtues of Springdale boys while providing the needed aid of our adopted school Bonbon Elementary, what is often overlooked is the influential impact that the boys actually have on the children and the families of the community in the area.
For this year’s work camp, the media team decided to cover a topic as to how the locals – ranging from students, to parents, to even the barangay officials – perceive the Springdale boys, and what mold they have on the community.
As we walked around the classrooms during the students’ breaks (including the ones handled by our fellow batch mates), we surveyed the responses on “How would you describe Springdale Boys in one word?” The kids had a common answer. These two boys, Jeremy and RJ for instance, had the same answer of “mga inglesero.” As we also approached our fellow Grade 11’s from Bonbon High both in the campus and in the sari-sari stores for lunch breaks. These three girls, on the other, hand gave us brief answers of “mga gwapo” and “mga kind”.
As we paid a visit to the barangay hall to gather data for the previous article regarding the barangay itself, we inserted the previous question during our conversation with the secretary Mrs. Claire. “Mga humble,” said she. When asked to expound on her answer, she said that she continues to be astounded at the unassuming nature of the boys – that despite our right to be superior because of the favor we are doing for the community, we always tend to behave as if we are the outspoken guests whenever we come for these activities.
Finally, during an interview with Bonbon Elementary teachers, Mr. Neil and Mrs. Nora, they gave us brief descriptions of the immense impact they see in the students and the community; hence, their justified answers.
Apparently, the students always seem to gain some motivation from the boys, such as in little things, like trying to speak English more often. They also notice their sudden drive in academics, as they perceive the boys to be very well-educated in Springdale. Mrs. Nora, a local in Bonbon, even admitted that the parents of these kids, who are her age, would even like to use us boys as role models for their children when in the household.
On the contrary, we also asked among us Springdale boys, what we see of ourselves. Apparently, we even received answers such as “lazy” and “unfocused”.
So perhaps this is a good takeaway for the Springdale boys that despite the negative qualities we tend to accuse ourselves at first thought, there are still people – children and adults of a community – who look up to us. They are positively impacted by the charitable, appropriate and gentleman-like habits that we have that actually matter more than the “negatives” that we’d like worry about. Thus, it really is indeed important to just honestly be ourselves with the principles that we have acquired from our school environment.
Bene Omnia Facere!