Another balikbayan box full of used books for the elementary public school where our farm is back in the Philippines arrived last October. This time it was donated by a good friend and neighbor here in Chicago.
The principal of the school wanted to do another program on the stage for the Books Turn-Over ceremony like they did the last time but my parents requested that it be a smaller one and be held indoors because they didn’t want the 500 students to be sitting under the sun. So it was held in the principal’s office, with a short program where the principal, my father and a teacher did a short speech and one of the student’s gave a song number. My father, in his talk, told them that they and the donors “would rather have the book’s pages wrinkled because they were used and read rather than have them in pristine condition because they were untouched.”
My friend Lea works for our public library and told me that her officemates helped her collect the books for this donation. I can’t wait to visit the library in the Philippines to see their new collection. My mom has told me now they need additional shelves to accommodate the books =)