When I was still a student, one of the things that I loved best about starting a new school year is the chance to buy new school supplies. I loved having to choose my new notebooks and choosing new pens.
And like any geek who gets a high when smelling fresh paper, I get a kick out of having to choose from all the notebooks and writing paper that can only be found inside the bookstore. I remembered that a week or two before the start of classes, my mom, my siblings and I will go to National Bookstore to buy our new school stuff. My mom will allow us to hold our separate baskets as we choose from a myriad of pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers and all other supplies that spelled heaven for all of us. I remembered that one of the highlight of this yearly trip to National Bookstore was the time when my mom finally bought me a Trapper Keeper, which waaay back in 1998, is the epitome of cool 🙂 (Hey, did you ever owned a Trapper Keeper?)
To this day, buying new things for school remained of my best memories of being a student. It’s something I managed to retain even when I started working (I get a kick out of buying office supplies for my personal consumption) It’s also something that I am seriously looking forward to doing when the times comes that it is my child who will be going to school and needing new supplies.
But imagine if you are a kid who barely has enough to spend for tuition. Your parents can’t barely make ends meet. Where will you get your school supplies?
This is the premise behind the Project Aral campaign by National Bookstore. For only PHP 25, you get to donate a pack containing two notebooks, a pencil and a sharpener to poor yet deserving students who have yet to have their own school supplies. The process is actually simple: you choose from one of the packs displayed at the Project Aral kit table, pay it on the cashier, the cashier–at this point–will ask you the sign the kit with your name (“Donate by XXXXXXXX”) and will then ask you to drop the pack at the drop box especially marked for the campaign.
I donated two kits–one from me and another one in Mike’s behalf. My only wish is that whoever gets to own the notebook, may they be able to enjoy it and use it fully in school