School is already over. My children had their Recognition Day last Monday. Surprisingly, I received a text message from my E-mann's teacher last Tuesday morning. She asked me to report to school for a short meeting because my two boys will be representing their school in a competition. I thought to myself, "A contest during summer break?!" To answer the question that arose in my mind, I immediately prepared myself to go to school, as requested.
When I arrived in school, I saw some of the teachers chit-chatting, and maybe waiting for me as one of them waved at me as I got near them. As soon as I greeted them, one of the teachers handed me the memorandum from the Department of Education. I browsed over it as they explained to me what the contest is all about.
Joma and E-mann were chosen to represent their school in the "Bright Smiles, Bright Future Poster-Making Contest" sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Philippines in its bid to promote oral health awareness among school children. The contest is open to all public elementary students nationwide, aged six (6) to nine (9) years old, in partnership of Colgate-Palmolive Philippines with the Department of Education and the Health and Nutrition Council (HNC). The deadline of submission of entries will be on April 3 but we need to have the children's entries ready by Friday, March 30.
With only three days left, I immediately informed my two boys as soon as I arrived home. I know my kids have the artistic abilities to join the contest but I doubt if they will be confident enough to compete. Moreover, they do not have the formal training in drawing or painting. What they only have is the inborn talent, which we try to develop by buying them sketch pads and art supplies, and allowing them to draw through the assistance of my husband, their personal instructor. Aside from his innate talent, I believe my husband is credible and qualified enough to teach our children how to draw and paint because he also finished a degree in Fine Arts.
Joma was excited about the contest. He always looks forward to joining contest and competitions and he has been wanting to develop his artistic talent further. He even requested that we enroll him in an Art Class this summer. However, E-mann was not confident enough saying that he is not as good as his older brother Joma. With further prodding and encouragement, we were able to convince him that he can draw and there is no competition between him and his brother.
The following day, the two boys and I went to the mall and bought some art supplies that they will need for the poster. To give them an idea what to draw, I asked them a simple question, "What does a smile do to you?" Joma answered he gains friends when he smiles to other people or when they smile at him while E-mann said that a smile brightens his day. From their own points of view, we discussed their answers. Then, we brainstormed how to put their answers in figures or symbols as they sketched their own ideas until the poster is completed.
We spent the entire Thursday drawing, coloring and finishing the details of their posters and made sure that they are doing everything we discussed during our meeting. By the end of the day, the posters were ready for submission.
The next morning, we filled out all the required forms. It was a four-page questionnaire so I have to interpret and explain the questions to them before they fill out their answers. After having a sumptuous lunch, Joma and I brought their posters in school.
Please help us pray that my children win this competition because it means a lot to them. It is also a big achievement for them.