Monday, January 14, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
To fulfill an outreach mission to promote literacy to a place of need, Guam Council IRA donated over 180+ books, slippers, stationary writing kits, and lunch to over 80 orphans at the K.I.M on December 26, 2012. Why Manila?, you may ask. Manila is home to more than 70,000 street kids. In addition, there is the growing concern for the 1.7 million children living in impoverished and crowded informal settlements springing up all across Metro Manila. Many of these children, rather than going to school, are taking to the streets to beg, work and play. Children come to the K.I.M. for a variety of reasons—some have been abused, others neglected or abandoned. To care for these children, the organization Kids International Ministries supports several children’s homes. To address the needs of kids and their families in the nearby impoverished settlements, KIM supports a variety of community ministries: Christian education, medical and dental care, livelihood development programs, recreation activities and evangelical outreach ministries. Thank you to John F. Kennedy High School Teacher, Alfredo Mendoza and the President’s cousin Charina Fernandez for accompanying on this mission. Below are the snap shots taken during the mission.
Literacy and Basketball: IRA sponsors the 5th Annual Girls’ JV Hoopfest 2012 – Post-Season Basketball Tournament
By Geraldine Biliran, IRA Treasurer
In an effort to promote literacy through basketball, the Guam International Reading Association partnered up with the Guam Basketball Confederation for the sponsorship of the 5th Annual Girls' JV Hoopfest 2012, a post-season basketball tournament that seeks to provide opportunity to developing players within the junior varsity division. The participating teams were the Cougars Club, George Washington High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Okkodo High School, Simon Sanchez High School, Southern High School, St. Paul Christian School, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School. The tournament ran from December 14 to 20, 2012 and took place at the JFKHS gymnasium.
Aside from the monetary contribution from IRA, literacy was encouraged through the donation of the book Dear Bully (edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones) to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams of the tournament. This book is an anthology of stories about bullying from a variety of top authors such as Lauren Kate, Lauren Oliver, and R.L. Stine. Furthermore, the connection of literacy and basketball was made through the t-shirt design, which illustrated X's and O's being drawn out on a basketball court to allude to the statement that says, “The X's and O's start with literacy.” This idea of merging literacy and basketball has been received by a wide audience of student-athletes, coaches, parents, and teachers as being a creative and truly appreciated approach.
A congratulations is extended to the Okkodo Bulldogs for winning the championship, George Washington Geckos for earning 2nd place, and to the Cougars Club for earning 3rd place. Medals were also given out to the ten All-Tournament Team Members, which were players who made an overall impression with their skills and hard work on the court. Although only three teams got to take home trophies and books, all participating teams profited from the experience of literacy being promoted through the popular game of basketball.