Last Saturday, May 3, we set up tents and a huge parachute at the Fern Garden at the Quezon City Memorial Circle for a camping kind of day in the city. To complete the camping experience we had mats and banigs laid on the grass and even makeshift bonfires. So what were the kids up to? Well, three activities for the day- reading, storytelling and art.
A mobile library cart donated by National Bookstore Foundation with about 500 books was readily available, which the kids freely had the chance to read at their own pace. Adarna House also lent us about 100 books, which we displayed inside the tents, for the kids to also enjoy. It was such a sight to see both kids and the parents later on reading stories to each other inside the tents, more so seeing the kids select books of their own choice from the cart.
For storytelling, our facilitators did interactive sessions where kids did not only get to listen to stories coming alive, but also participated by way of acting, moving or dancing their part. McDonald’s House of Charities story GO was also read by our volunteers, and was such a hit for the kids as we did a mini skit for them.
As a highlight, they also had the chance to do their own artworks based on the stories they heard during the day- such as making their own paper whales and caterpillars. They also had the chance to color their own tents and made their own crowns with their names.
Aside from that, every kid took home their own souvenir book courtesy of Canvas Philippines, and snacks from McDonalds! They also had a chance to take their souvenir photos c/o Canon’s photo booth, and also bought their own books in the Adarna House booth.
About 150 kids came for the first ever Summer Reading Camp – such a huge turnout for a simple dream I never thought would be a hit in this day and age of modern technology. It was fulfilling to know that many parents still believed reading plays a significant part in their children’s lives. Many of the parents requested for a monthly or even a weekly repeat of the camp, and yes, we are listening!
The aim of this activity is to really inculcate in kids that reading and listening to stories are enjoyable activities to do, and that these activities can be done even on a hot summer day and still be fun.
We hope that with this simple event, DiksyonaryoAtbp has ignited a certain kind of love for reading for the kids of today. We definitely will have a repeat of this, in the coming years!
(DiksyonaryoAtbp’s Summer Reading Camp was also done in partnership with National Bookstore Foundation, Mcdonald’s, Adarna House, Canon and CanvasPH. All photos were taken by Jayson and JoAnn Arquiza. This article also appeared on the Manila Bulletin.)