CLARK FREEPORT -- A foundation recently donated a two-story building to an elementary school in Olongapo City. The SM Foundation Inc., donated the classroom building to the Kalalake Elementary School as part of its commitment to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) “Adopt-A-School” program.

The classroom building includes 200 armchairs, four sets of teacher’s table/chair, eight blackboards, four wall clocks, four toilets and 16 wall fans. It also includes 20 persons with disability (PWD)-friendly left handed armchairs, PWD ramp, and a PWD toilet.

The school building is also emergency-ready with a staircase on both sides of the building and emergency lights at the landings of both staircases. It is also equipped with a fire alarm.

The building was turned over on September 12 alongside with the blessing and ceremonial ribbon cutting of the newest SM mall, the SM City Olongapo Central.

SM Foundation executive director for Education Linda Atayde, SM City Olongapo Downtown assistant mall manager Denmark Desolo, SM City Olongapo Central public relations manager Nette Mortel, SM Foundation assistant vice president for School Building Program Juris Soliman and SM Foundation assistant vice president for Education Ling Lansang attended the turnover ceremonies.

Also present during the turnover were Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr., City Councilors Lugie Lipumano and Cristabelle Paulino, Kalalake Elementary School principal Pastor Padua, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Enrique Angeles and DepEd officials.

“We’re very happy to be chosen as the beneficiary of this school building program of SM Prime Holdings and SM Foundation. I will see to it that your donation will be truly an avenue of learnings that will stand proud,” principal Padua said.

SM Prime also donated a book corner with shelves and some chairs; 2,000 books; 20 computers, two spotlights installed outside the building. The retail company also donated wall clocks for the other classrooms in support of DepEd’s Project WATCH (We Advocate Time Consciousness and Honesty).

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