Eskwela Natin now on its fifth year! Begins its 2017 summer program

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Sacramento, California (March 24, 2017) – The Eskwela Natin is proud to announce its Summer Program for 2017, from May 21 to July 30, 2016 to be held at the Community Room of the Human Resources Building, 2450 Florin Road, Sacramento, California. The new format of camp-like sessions will be held every Sunday afternoon.

On opening day, May 21, 2017, there will be a reception at noon before the first class session. The program will include a welcome from the Philippine Consulate who have attended in the past and have continuously supported the mission and goals of the Filipino cultural school. We will also honor this year’s winners of the scholarship program awarding them with certificates and cash money. After the reception, the first class session will start which will focus on the Philippine celebrations of Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan. The children will be making and decorating their props for these celebrations and parade them in the vicinity.

Eskwela Natin’s summer program will include nine classes and a graduation ceremony. The program is free and open to children ages five to 12 years old. The classes are segmented into the following areas: Philippine celebrations, Music and dance, Games, tourist spots and Geography, Cuisine and foodfest, Arts and crafts, History, literacy, heroes and tradition etc. The children will learn at least 25 Tagalog words and phrases each session. We will partner with a local library to enhance the literacy program with storytelling from our combined collection of Filipino children’s books. The summer program this year will include an excursion to the 41th Anniversary Philippine Fiesta celebration at the Rizal Center, June 4, 2017 where there will be an Eskwela Natin booth and exhibit as well as hosting Filipino children’s games.

Eskwela Natin was founded in 2013 by a group of Filipino-American community leaders for the purpose of educating Filipino American children about the rich and diverse Filipino culture, ensuring the unique traditions of the Philippines are passed on to the next generation in a safe and fun environment. This year, the scope has been expanded to include new and exciting areas of interest to the Filipino-American youth.

To reach out to a broader number of children, parents, and educators, the composition of the 21-member Board of Directors is changed to include parents and teachers. In addition, Eskwela Natin will again be working collaboratively with the Sacramento Chapter of the United Federation of Filipino-American Educators (UNIFFIED), a national organization with chapters all over the United States. Murray Navarro, UNIFFIED President, and Anna Mestidio, Eskwela Natin’s teacher and concurrently UNIFFIED Vice President have actively participated in the curriculum development committee meetings of Eskwela Natin.

Eskwela Natin is now accepting registration of students for its summer program, which is scheduled for the following dates: May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, (skip July 2), July 9, 16, 23 and graduation on July 30, 2017. The classes will be from 2:00 PM to 4: 30 PM at the same location as in the past, the Community Room, Human Resources Building at 2450 Florin Road, Sacramento, California.

For information, please contact Dolores V. Diaz at (916) 396-2351 or email at doloresvdiaz@gmail.com.

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