Written by Migs Caparas /
The superheroes of Ateneo MEcO once again return to Marikina to meet the kids of Calumpang Elementary School. Armed with knowledge on basic financial literacy, it is time for Ateneo MEcO to help the kids SAVE! the day once again.
SAVE! Campaign is back and bigger than ever! Now catering to two-hundred kids, one can say that the superhero themed event has been SUPERSIZED!, but it was still able to bring out the same quality of smiles from the kids just like last year.
What way would be better to start the program off than a short dance number from the hosts Migs Caparas and Mikay Abisana? The very bibo duo welcomed the kids by showing their super dance moves and super kulit energy! Their introduction set the mood for the very exciting day to come.
Having set the mood of the day for the kids, the hosts took a step back and had the kids show their own energy through chants and cheers. With the help of their kuya and ate facilitators, they all were able to come up with creative cheers for their groups. One group even had their own take on Queen’s We Will Rock You as their cheer! The energy was undeniably SUPER! It was at this point that the MEcOnistas knew that the kids were ready for the day and to learn how to SAVE!
Shortly after, the Kids studied basic budgeting, and the concept of needs and wants. No lesson is too hard for the kids thanks to their very knowledgable faci’s! They then applied the lesson a a short ball game wherein they needed to shoot balls into boxes with items labeled on them. The balls needed to be shot through boxes that are labled with items that are considered as economic needs. This is in hopes that they will do the same thing in day-to-day life! Of course SAVE! Campaign isn’t all lectures and lessons. It wouldn’t be as SUPER! without these adrenaline-pumping activites.
After all the tiring lessons and activities, the kids needed a SUPER! break with SUPER! food! A prayer before meals was led by one of their teachers, ma’am Emma-lyn. She also announced that one of the kids, Jessica, was celebrating her birthday on that day! Happy birthday Jessica, we hope you enjoyed your day!
After the break, it was time again to learn. This time, the lectures were about the dangers of Impluse Buying and how to prepare for emergencies where money is needed. The last lesson was about tips on how to actually SAVE! money.
It is also worth nothing that MEcO alumni were present in the event. They were the ones who started the org nearly three decades ago and they are happy to see what MEcO has accomplished these past years, most especially SAVE! Campaign. One of them, ma’am Gia, even shared a story to the kids on how she teaches her child how to SAVE! the allowance that she gives him for school.
After all was said and done, the MEcOnistas had to leave the kids of Calumpang Elemtary School. But fret not for this only the beginning! the MEcOnistas are only preparing for the second day of SAVE! Campaign. Project head Hannah Wagayen gave her final words and thanks to the kids and the Calumpang Kids expressed their gratitude as well.
Until next week, Kids. See you on DAY TWO!