Program: Learning Support

        Books were outdated and in horrible condition; general reading books were not relevant to the existing needs of the students and teachers. This was the sad state of the library of the Calatagan National High School (CNHS), a public school in its fifth year of operation with a population of approximately 1,300 students.
        The Department of Education and CNHS has long acknowledged the fact that a school library can help support students’ studies and help develop skills for life. With this in mind, the school has explored all possible ways to outsource books and other reading materials. One of those who heeded their plea was the American Women’s Club of the Philippines (AWCP), whose members donated a large sum of books very much suited for the students and teachers as well.
Support from other concerned individuals and organization also poured in ---
Samantha Wilson, a Peace Corp Volunteer, who has devoted much of her time teaching English and taking charge of the school library, was approved for the Peach Corp Partnership Grant, providing P71,000 for the development of the library. Non-government organizations and individuals also gave wonderful reference materials, the E. Zobel Foundation generously donated six metal bookshelves to store over 1,500 books that have been donated by the members of the AWCP and from around the world.
        To ensure the sustainability of the library, the teachers attended a Library Management Seminar conducted by the De La Salle Santiago Zobel School in partnership with the E. Zobel Foundation. Samantha Wilson, whose efforts in improving the school library is highly commended, has worked closely with the teachers and the Student Library Committee to ensure the facility is used to its maximum potential.
With all the support coming in, the CNHS Library will continue to grow and prosper as a functional resource center.