25-May-2011 CENTEX partners with JPMorgan Chase
School Year 2011-2012 marked the beginning of a promising partnership between Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) through CENTEX and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC)
A generous donation of PhP 2.6M was turned over to support A Class of Your Own program for the Grade Six classes at CENTEX Manila, fund the Enhancement Programs in Music and Sports, and provide for the teacher training program for public school teachers in Manila.
The sponsorship for A Class of Your Own covers the expenses for feeding and transportation, school uniforms, school supplies, field trips, and teacher training and development.
On May 25 to 27, the initial run of the JPMC CENTEX Teacher Training Institue aims to develop public school teachers' expertise, making them models in instruction eventually allowing them to train other teachers in their craft.
Lirio Mapa of the Center for Leadership and Change opened the training program with a session on Values Clarification. The teacher revisited the DepEd core values that aim to "create a culture of excellence, integrity, and accountability.
Vicky Tantoco of the Ateneo de Manila University conducted the Classroom Management session. Ms. Tantoco emphasized the idea that schools exist and teachers are hired to ehlp students learn and achieve.
This was followed by a session on using out-of -the-box teaching strategies facilitated by CENTEX Master Teachers. The last day of the training program involved presenting demonstration lessons by Master Teachers of CENTEX Manila.
The JPMC CENTEX Enhancement Program aims to support the involvement of Kindergarten, and Grades Five and Six students in the school's extracurricular activities. Involvement in extracurricular activities is seen to help raise the students' self-esteem and provide avenues for them to develop their diverse interests and special talents.
Renowned Filipino violinist Alfonso 'Coke" Bolipata along with Pundaquit Virtuosi string ensemble conduct regular music sessions (violin and cello) on Friday afternoons to 24 students.
CENTEX teachers' Sammil Padua and Christine Joy Sarigumba love of music is used in full force as they lead the school Rondalla group and choir respectively. They performed before JPMC employees and their families during the company's Sports Festival and Family Day at the Philsports Arena last September 24.
The After Hours Sports Progaram focuses on training the students in ball games and racquet sports. A mini-sports festival last August 27 formally launched the program with over a hundred JPMC employees.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves as an inspiration to the CENTEX children to continue dreaming, and to CENTEX and its teachers to continue working to ensure that the children's dreams are within their reach.