The most awaited event of the year at Stepping Stone is its’ Annual Christmas Party. Both schools, Makati and Sucat join to celebrate this joyful day of the year at the Sucat campus.
This years’ theme, “Christmas Around the World” challenged the parents and students to dress up in different nation’s costumes.
The program kicked off with parents, students, guests and even teachers lining up at the Photo Booth set up to take pictures with cool props and small signs.
A trio of mascots, Santa Claus, Minnie Mouse, and Mickey Mouse also entertained the crowd with their appearances and their dance numbers. Their casual mingling with the crowd was a big hit among the attendees.
The National Anthem was lead by student Paul Joshua of the Teen Adult Class from Makati while the doxology was lead by student Anna Margareth of Teen Adult class from Sucat.
Chairman & President Mundy Gonzalez delivered his opening remarks and Executive Director Dayal Nandwanipresented to the group the Housekeeping graduates from several batches.
Some Stepping Stone parents presented a hip-hop dance number during the intermission. It was breath taking as the dance moves included tumbling which wowed the crowd.
Each class level prepared and presented a number to the delight of the parents and guests. A dance number about Christmas fairies were performed by Early Intervention students while the Functional Academics class danced with huge gifts and a candy cane.
Teen Adults class performed a dance number about Christ’s birth, and joint effort by both Teen Adult class and Functional Academics class performed a special dance number choreograph with lots of dedication and passion by Ms. Julie Plummer to the tune of “Awitin mo at Isasayaw ko”.
Apart from presentations of song and dance numbers and mascots, there was lots of food from sponsors Inengs Barbeque, Siopao from Joe Kuan, Pizza from Shakeys, Fried Lumpia, and Spaghetti from Rue Borbon, and of course the favorite of everyone, Jollibee Chicken Joy. There were also raffle prizes and awards.
Raffle prizes were Teddy Bears, Hello Kitty coin bank, Cookies and Water Filters as minor prizes while major prizes were Platinum Karaoke’s.
Students Yousef from Early Intervention class Sucat won the best costume as he came in as a Syrian Prince.
It was quite a Christmas Celebration with parents and students enjoying with so much fun and laughter and receiving so many gifts.
The Christmas Spirit was definitely in the air that day and even the weather cooperated to make this years’ “Christmas Around the World” truly a joyous and happy one.
The Functional Academics (FA) and Teen Adult (TA) students of Stepping Stone Makati enjoyed the first day of December by having a community integration activity by going to the Powerplant mall to watch a movie, buying their own movie snacks and movie tickets and exploring interesting places and things inside the mall.
We started off our activity by giving them guidelines and briefing them about what to do and expect once we got to the mall. The teachers, Lea, Hannah, Angel and Sofia all checked each student and the important things that they need to bring such as Persons with Disability (PWD) Cards and enough money.
After gathering all the students, we waited for a jeepney outside the school to get us to the Powerplant mall. All the students took out their 7.00 pesos to pay and learned how to pass the fare on to the jeepney driver. It was a quick ride from school to the Powerplant mall. Everyone looked very excited as we made our way inside the mall.
Our first itinerary was to buy the movie tickets. We made the students walk with a partner as we roamed the hallways of the mall knowing exactly where we planned to go.
Our students fell in line to buy their tickets and prepared their important identification cards and money to present it to cashier. The parents, Mommy Cristyliza, Mommy Kelly and Mommy Cherrie) who also joined us during the activity looked proud and happy to see their kids buying their own movie tickets. They took a lot of pictures and supported their kids and the teachers throughout the activity.
After getting our tickets we we needed to get some snacks to eat inside the movie theater while watching. We led the students to Rustan’s Marketplace, Powerplant mall’s supermarket, to purchase their snacks and drinks. We made them list their favorite snacks, so it would be easy to find what they needed to buy from the supermarket. Most of them got hungry while roaming around the Marketplace supermarket but they managed to finish the activity and paid at the counter for their snacks and drinks.
After buying their groceries, we had our lunch in Jollibee and all of them excitedly ate Chicken Joy, Fries and Spaghetti. They finished their Jollibee meal with a bright beam and satisfied faces.
It was now movie time! Disney Pixar released a new movie named “Coco.” It is about a boy who dreams to be a famous singer, but his family doesn’t want him to pursue his dream as they believe that it is a curse to have a musician in their family.
Everyone looked forward to entering the movie house. Students found their respective places in between teachers and relaxed while waiting for the movie. Everyone was well behaved during the movie althoufg you could see different reactions from their faces.
This outdoor activity was filled with so much fun and lots of learning and the teachers got to see and observe the students on how they participate in a community integrated activity and how they managed to solve some problems outside the home and school.
We look forward to more community integration activities in the near future.
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