What Graduation Means to Me

October 18, 2018 · 2 comments

Tere and Felicity Talan-graduation-CM-SIAC-Oct2018

Tere and Felicity

A swell of pride, a smile that takes over the moment, and a sense of hope strong enough to surprise the most discouraged are the feelings of every child, regardless of background, when receiving her/his diploma.

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Sunshine with mom, Agnes, who helps at The School in a Cart

Lift the Lid with The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines ensure the children who come to us receive the support necessary to achieve that diploma, from healthcare and a daily breakfast to clean, comfortable clothing and the proper supplies. Since 2011, Lift the Lid has been helping homeless children in metro Manila realize that life-changing day.

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Dennis graduating from Kindergarten

We dedicate this year’s graduation post to an anonymous donor who stands by our children with financial assistance, creative encouragement, prayers and love. Thank you.

Below are two essays from elementary school graduates and sisters, Tere and Felicity. They write about what graduation means to them. Their original essays in Tagalog follow the translations:

“For me, graduation is for a wider scope of education so I would learn more for my life and for my second diploma. This is also an evidence that I am worthy of and on my way to a higher education which should result to a good job so I could help my family and those who assisted so I could complete my education.”  ~Tere

Tere Talan-graduation essay-CM-SIAC-Oct2018

Felicity Talan-graduation-CM-SIAC-Oct2018


“For me graduation is a wonderful day everyone like me is aspiring for. Graduation means a step higher that widened our minds for education which after a hard work should lead us to achieve honors and recognitions and good job after.”  ~Felicity

Felicity Talan-graduation essay-CM-SIAC-Oct2018

We’d like to acknowledge teacher Nonie at The School in a Cart, who for two years now has done the floral arrangements for the 15th Avenue Elementary School graduation. Many of our children currently attend or have attended this school. Nonie even offers his time as the Vice-President of the Parent Teacher Association, which is added security for our children living on the streets, many of whom do not have parental support and have to work extra hard to stay in school.

Of the 30 children from The School in a Cart who are enrolled in school, 17 received highly satisfactory grades and satisfactory grades, while the remaining 13 received fairly satisfactory grades. We are always coming up with incentives for the children to study, including participation in The School in a Cart band. We have also started a college fund for those who graduate from high school.

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Nonie at the 15th Ave Elementary School

  • http://www.saragoff.com/ Sara Goff

    Tere, Felicity and All Our Graduates This Year,

    I’m so proud of you for sticking with school day after day, and giving your best to learn your lessons. I know at times if feels like the road to graduation, especially from high school and then college, is long, too long, but when you look at your life as a whole, these learning years are short and will reward you, your family and future family for generations.

    Going to school does not only teach you what is in your text books, but it gives you the tools to discover the world and your greatest potential in it. I am cheering for you all every year as you continue to advance from Kindergarten to Elementary to Junior High, and High School. We even have a college fund started with the hopes that you will keep going and become your dream self. You can do it!


  • Connie Mann

    Tere, Felicity and all the graduates,
    CONGRATULATIONS! We celebrate this wonderful milestone with you, and hope it encourages you to keep going, keep learning, even when it’s hard and graduation day seems like it’s so very far away. Getting an education helps equip you for the future and we’re so excited about all the possibilities the future holds for all of you. We’re especially excited about the scholarship program and encourage you all to keep working hard toward a brighter future for yourselves and your families. Working hard in school is the very best gift you can give yourself. Know we are cheering for you from America. Sending hugs, Miss Connie

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