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Plants Barter to School Supplies Way of School in Oriental Mindoro to Help Students

A school in Oriental Mindoro has come up with a way to give the needs of students for a blended learning plan for the upcoming school year.

Teachers of Campaasan Elementary School in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro decided to barter their school plants for school supplies and other necessities that they will use on the upcoming start of classes amidst the public health crisis.

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A shift in alternative learning modes because of the pandemic, physical classes are still prohibited while there is no vaccine available against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The project was called “Halaman Ko, Barter Mo.”

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The project aimed at obtaining funding for materials to be used for learning modules. Various ornamental or garden plants will be distributed to donors in exchange for bond paper, printers, and ink, as well as alcohols, face masks, thermal scanners, and soap, based on the report of ABS-CBN News.

“Ito po ang aming mga halaman para sa aming “Halaman Ko, Barter Mo” project upang makaipon pa kami ng coupon bonds at ink para sa printing ng modules at activity sheets ng mga learners ng Campaasan Elementary School.”

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According to principal Lucy Ferranco, teachers, parents, and some students worked together to arrange and put the plants in the pot. Teachers will use the supply printing module to be distributed to students at the entrance.

“Ito po ay upang manumbalik ang ating tradisyonal na ginagawang barteran. At the same time, mapunan po ang aming mga pangangailangan. Pangangailangan po ng aming mga kaguruan, pangangailangan po ng aming mga mag-aaral sa darating na pasukan,” said Ferranco. 

Most of them say their students are just poor and have no gadgets. If so, not everyone has an Internet connection. Bulalacao is also the farthest town in Oriental Mindoro and not all houses receive a strong signal.

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