SM Prime Holdings, Inc. through SM Foundation turned over a fully-furnished 2-story school building—200 armchairs for students, four sets of teacher’s table/chair, 16 wall fans, eight blackboards, four wall clocks, and four toilets—to the Kalalake Elementary School in Olongapo City
Chairs designed especially for left-handed students were also provided. This is an innovation by SM Foundation to address the difficulties and discomfort of left-handed students using desks designed for right-handed students.
This innovation was introduced even before the enactment of Republic Act No. 11394, the Mandatory Provision of Neutral Desks in Educational Institutions Act. As provided for in the law, all educational institutions are required to provide neutral desks suitable for both right and left-handed students.
Like other SM-donated school buildings, it is PWD-friendly with a PWD ramp and toilet exclusively for PWDs. It is also emergency-ready with a fire alarm bell, a staircase on both sides of the building, and emergency lights at the landings of both staircases. Two spotlights were likewise installed outside the new building. All other classrooms at the Kalalake Elementary School also received wall clocks in support of DepEd’s Project WATCH (We Advocate Time Consciousness and Honesty).
It is not only the students who benefit from the SM school building program. It also empowers the members of the Foundation of These-Abled, Inc. who make the armchairs and other furniture for the donated school buildings thereby providing them with a source of income.
With the school building donation, SM Prime turned over a book corner with shelves, chairs and 2,000 books. Twenty computer units were also donated.
Kalalake Elementary School is one of DepEd’s Centers of Excellence. It has a student population of 2,000 students from Barangays Kalalake, Pag-asa, East Bajakjak, Asinan & Tapinac.