More kids were taught to pay tribute to different front-liners, who are the pandemic’s “everyday heroes,” during the closing day of the virtual celebration of the 11th Inquirer Read-Along Festival.
Saturday’s storytelling session was held in partnership with Metrobank Foundation, Inc. It featured readers who also served as front-liners in their own capacities—TV host and Read-Along ambassador Kim Atienza, Metrobank’s outstanding Filipino awardee police Lt. Col. Jonathan Pablito, and professional storyteller Dyali Justo.
Pablito, who is also the lead strategist of the Western Visayas police organization and community transformation, taught kids how to do a proper salute in honor of front-liners.
Atienza advised kids to talk to their parents whenever they feel lonely or sad as they are heavily affected by mobility restrictions for nearly two years due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Meanwhile, educator Dyali Justo reminded kids to use their imagination and grab a book whenever they miss their friends.
There were about 60 students from four different schools, namely Patricio Jarin Memorial Elementary School, The Seed Montessori School, Barreto National High School and IAngel Learning Center, that participated in the virtual session.
This year’s two-day festival, which carries the theme, “Celebrating Everyday Heroes,” was held online via Zoom and live streamed on the Inquirer’s Facebook pages.
Launched in 2007, the Inquirer Read-Along is a corporate social responsibility project of the company which aims to promote love of reading among children.