February 6, 2024
Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool holds 2nd Family Sportsfest
By Ben Baquilod
In its second year, Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool Philippines hosted the annual Family Sportsfest on February 3 at the Jing Si Hall in Agno, Quezon City.
Students and their families, along with teachers and volunteers enjoyed a variety of games aimed at fostering bonds, togetherness, and joy within the Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool community. “We know we all have our strengths, but when we gather them, we can achieve greater things,” said Preschool Directress Jane Sy.
Four teams competed in various games including cheer battle, obstacle course, ring toss, charades, and freeze dance. While students and parents donned their game faces, big smiles and laughter were also evident among the participants during each game.
“It was so much fun. It felt like I was transported back to my childhood,” said Joanne Gotia, mother of Preschool student Jasmin.
What made the experience especially meaningful for Joanne was witnessing her daughter’s enjoyment of the activity, along with all the previous ones throughout the past year. “I’m so happy for her,” she exclaimed. “Initially, we had reservations about enrolling her at a young age of 3. However, seeing her have fun, learn, and make friends brings me immense joy.”
Equally thrilled about the experience was Nancy Uy, participating in the event for the first time. “The most enjoyable part was the obstacle course, because we didn’t expect our kids to be so competitive,” she said. “I also had the opportunity to converse with other parents and get to know them better.”
Echoing the sentiments of Joanne and other parents, Nancy expressed delight in the changes and improvements she has observed in her son, Gavin, since his enrollment. “He has learned to behave well, and he now willingly eats veggies,” Nancy marveled. As a school that advocates environmental protection and love for all beings, Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool promotes vegetarianism.
In Gavin’s first two weeks at the preschool, Nancy admitted to facing challenges as her son was reluctant to eat vegetables. “But now, he loves to eat veggies even at home. I’m so surprised because his favorite food is now sayote!”
Nancy is also grateful to see her son’s development in English and Chinese language skills. “He always talks about his classmates and teachers at home, which shows that he really loves the school,” she added.
Joanne also conveyed gratitude to the teachers for taking care of their children. “You are our kids’ second parents. Thank you so much.”