When one of our students at The School in a Cart writes, “Getting high grades and excelling in a course of study do not produce good behavior or character. I want to seek ways for me to be a good model for those younger than I am,” you know we’re doing something right. Dianne has been writing essays for Lift the Lid for eight years. It shows not just in her grammar and language, but in her insight and ability to communicate her feelings. We couldn’t be more proud!
The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines supports street children in their education by providing a safe, positive environment where they can wash up, eat, relax, study, seek guidance, and even take music lessons and join the band. The School in a Cart started in an actual cart parked in a vacant lot. Now we have an indoor center with separate rooms for studying and music. Even when we operated out of a cart, we brought water for washing and gave the children breakfast before school, packed them each a snack, and make sure they had the necessary uniforms and supplies.
This is Dianne’s essay translated from Tagalog and her original work:
I am Dianne Farinas, a student who has just finished elementary education at the Kalantiyaw Elementary School. From my personal prospective, I believe graduation is a completion of a chapter in one’s life. However, there is a new chapter following, chapter of new challenges taking notice of the importance of higher education.
Getting high grades and excelling in a course of study do not produce good behavior or character. I want to seek ways for me to be a good model for those younger than I am.