On October 28, my friends and I joined a program to help build houses for the less fortunate. We worked together with Habitat for Humanity in small groups of twelve. Each group was assigned to help construct one house.
This was my first experience in building something real and big, first-hand. I found this experience exciting and enjoyable. At first, I didn't know how to do certain things. However, once the person-in-charge showed me how, I was able to follow the steps and managed to complete the tasks.
There were various tasks that each volunteer can do, from building the foundation of the pillars to stacking up concrete bricks to build a wall. In my opinion, the most difficult task was building the wall because it required lots of energy. However, I persevered because over time it became enjoyable. During the process, I was able to mix real cement that was used to glue the bricks together to make a concrete wall by using water. It was a rare experience that I could only get during this activity.
I had fun with all of my other friends. We were able to show great teamwork by looking after each other during the activity, making sure that none of us were hurt during the process, because constructing a house is quite a dangerous job.
Even though I was not able to help build the house until it was completely finished, I am really happy that I could be of help.
There are four main reasons why the ECY department celebrates United Nations Day. We want our students to understand the value of unity among their friends and other classes, to be aware of the different cultures of the countries they represent, to increase in their confidence in sharing their talents through their performances, and to ultimately have fun during the celebration.
Students and teachers came along in their glamorous and colorful costumes for the program, which kicked off with the students waving their flags in procession. The best part was the performances: students shaking and swaying their bodies in various cultural dances. Even our dear parents rendered unprecedented surprise dance performances. These really made our students happy.
Colorful costumes and wonderful dances filled the entire program. Countries like South Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Philippines—you name it! All of them presented such amazing presentations. The theme, "Investing in Peace around the World," carried a powerful message that we will never forget our entire life. Not to forget the cherry on top: the teachers performed a special number that was sure to prove that they can dance gracefully despite their busy times teaching their students.
Well, that's a wrap! Everyone did a splendid job. It was so good, I felt like dancing a million times more. This year's Primary UN Day celebration will always be in our hearts and minds.
Gloria 5 Sapphire