San Roque Elementary School (Annex), Candelaria, Zambales
Among the public elementary schools in the municipality of Candelaria, Zambales, the San Roque Elementary School (Annex) was chosen to be the first well-deserving school beneficiary primarily because it uniquely highlights the Filipino spirit of “bayanihan” as exemplified by the concerted efforts of the Candelaria School District Supervisor and the teachers themselves who built this school with their bare hands and at their own initiative.
The term bayanihan refers to a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective. The teachers sourced remnants of demolished private and government buildings to put up this K1-6 school closer to the mountains; so that the children in those far- flung areas would not have to walk all the way to the town to go to school. At the moment it only has 3 multi-grade classrooms(i.e. one classroom is shared by 2 grades). Due to lack of proper funding, the school has no electric power, making it not only a a well-deserving beneficiary for the educational outreach, but for the solar outreach as well.
A number of the 70 schoolchildren do not also have electricity in their homes. Thus, the school and those pupils will be receiving solar lamps to be facilitated by REEF President and Founder —Mr Ralph Chesley during the outreach activity as well as in the subsequent ones.