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Guidance counselors, PEP students hold Christmas outreach

Stephanie Ria L. Colinco

A total of 125 day care center students from Brgy. Bagacay served as recipients of this year’s Personality Enhancement Program (PEP) Christmas Outreach which was held last Dec. 12 at the Brgy. Bagacay gym.

All guidance counselors and staff of the Guidance and Testing Division (GTD) were joined by around 20 PEP students for the annual gift-giving activity.

According to the chairperson of the PEP Christmas Outreach Program, Mew Kam Señeres, the purpose of the activity has always been for the PEP students “to share their blessings to other kids.”

“It is our first time to go outside the campus for the outreach program…there are a few freshmen and less budget…[but] the purpose of the activity is sharing what we have and giving to others, so we still opted to go,” Señeres said.

Señeres added that instead of the tradition where PEP students do a role play of the Christmas story, they invited members of the Youth Advocates through Theater Arts to do an interactive storytelling.

Lynnie Lacse, guidance counselor of the Senior High School and one of the participants in the event, said that it is the first time that they went to another place for the outreach program instead of students coming to the campus.

“We invited students from day care centers this year. In the previous years, our recipients, usually, were around 250 grade 1 to 6 pupils from public schools in Dumaguete. This was before when we had around 1,000 PEP students,” Lacse said.

Lacse added that the activity was supposed to be for the PEP students “but [Silliman] has a few first year students and fourth year students who are enrolled in PEP are having their internship.”

Michaela Dadula, a freshman social work major and a PEP student, said that participating in the activity has encouraged her in dealing and socializing with the community.

“I was so fascinated by the children. All of them were so active and happy. They always had smiles on their faces. They were just so amazing,” Dadula said.

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