The faculty and staff were in for a bunch of pleasant surprises on Thursday, October 1, 2015 as ERDA Tech celebratedĀ Appreciation Day. Just inside the gate, the students were already standing by and ready to give each arriving teacher and staff a warm greeting of āHappy Appreciation Day!ā and an equally warm cup of taho. A few meters of walking along the driveway, he/she was greeted by a chorus of enthralling voices singing āYou’re so amazing, just the way you are.ā At the entrance to the patio stood a rolling board with the names of each and every faculty and staff placed on it. Later in the morning, the school personnel were given palabok for merienda. Indeed, excitement built up as they wondered what the next treat from the ERDAnians would be.
At 2:15 in the afternoon, the school community heard Mass which was officiated by Father Art Borja, SJ of Xavier School San Juan. The eucharistic celebration was a memorial to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, a send-off for the fifth-year students who would be commencing their in-plant training (IPT) on October 5, and of course, a thanksgiving gesture for the heroes of that day, and every day actually, when one comes to think about it.
To cap the wonderful day, a program hosted by Owen Patrick Moral of Grade 9 – Nikel and Alexis Agoncillo of Grade 10 – Kapayapaan was held at the patio. Each grade/year level had its own number. The grade 9 students presented a role play on the day-to-day tasks of a teacher, and sang an inspirational song. The grade 10 students did a ābalagtasanā about the great sacrifice of teachers and their impact or influence on the future of the youth. The fifth-year batch danced their hearts out, much to the delight of the faculty and staff.
James Rohbin Besa, a Grade 9 – Pilak student and a member of the Student Body Organization (SBO) paid tribute to each staff, mentioning their names and their contributions to the school, as well as exhorting the students to thank them and give them a warm round of applause. Moreover, he and Alexis Agoncillo, one of the emcees, sang an upbeat and popular song that enlivened the audience.
Likewise, fellow SBO members Marjorie Aguja of Grade 9 – Nikel and Kyla Fernandez of Grade 10 – Kalayaan rendered a song of thanksgiving and gratitude, during which the other members of the SBO went around and gave the faculty and staff creatively decorated bottles of mineral water containing short notes from the students.
Furthermore, those among the faculty and staff who were fortunate enough to have gotten in the morning a star from among pieces of rolled-up paper from which they were asked to pick were given cartoon drawings of educators.
Finally, a video featuring the faculty and staff at work or during their leisure time, as well as messages from current and former students, former faculty, and immediate past French volunteer Valentine de Dreuille, was shown.
The atmosphere was truly festive and bright despite the rain, and everyone in the school community, specially the faculty and the staff, went home happy.