I’m such a lucky girl. I feel this more whenever National Bookstore sends my care package of gift checks, so I get to visit the store every time I feel like it.
Usually I go straight to the imported stationery section before heading towards school and office supplies, and the occasional magazine.
Whenever I pay at the cashier, they always invite me to buy school set for Php 25 pesos each. It includes a couple of notebooks and writing materials.
I make sure to put a friend’s name on the donor sticker—a friend who has passed away, for their memory and in hope that the whoever receives the donation will pray for the person whose name is on it.
My cousin Chelo died in 2008, so this is just one of the ways I keep her memory alive.
After purchasing the kits, you drop them off in the donation box next to the cashier.
This year I have probably purchased 20-30 kits and wondered where they went.
Luckily National Bookstore send photos for sharing. Just look at all these happy faces.
Makes your Php 25 pesos worth it.
I’m proud to support a brand that I’ve relied on for years, that also goes out of its way to improve the lives of school children.
National Book Store’s Project Aral began eight years ago, when a during an outreach program in Antique, one of the chieftains asked the NBS team if they had brought a sharpener.
“Ma’am, tanong ko lang gani may sharpener po ba kayong dala? Kasi po sa halos isang daang bata namin dito, iisa lang ang sharpener namin.”
Right then, they thought of a project that would give to school children. Project Aral was born. It is a direct, simple and easy way for National Book Store customers to help less fortunate kids to be motivated and go to school.
The annual staging of Project Aral has already donated to nearly a million of school children all over the country—from Itbayat, Batanes to Babuyan Islands, and even in conflict-affected areas in Mamasapano, Mindanao.
This year, more than 550,000 kits have been donated so far.
Last year, close to 800,000 Project Aral Kits were donated and distributed to children in far-flung areas that can only be reached by foot.
Purchase and donate Project Aral Kits for only Php 25 at National Book Store.
Each kit contains two notebooks, two pencils, a sharpener and eraser, or two ballpoint pens.
Project Aral kits are available until June 30, 2016 at all National Book Store, National Book Store Express and Powerbooks branches.
Call 8888-NBS (627) for more information.
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