No lavish Christmas parties, Luistro reminds schools

By RJ Javier
The Mindoro Post

MANILA—So, you mean no hotdog on a stick with marshmallows? What about spaghetti? And no chocolate cake and ice cream too?

Secretary Luistro

Absolutely, as Education Secretary Armin Luistro reminds public school teachers and officials to refrain from collecting contributions from students for lavish Christmas bash.

“I would like to remind our dear teachers and students to continue observing austere measures as they prepare for Christmas parties in schools,” Luistro said as public schools across the country begin holding yuletide parties.

“Let us remember that the true spirit of Christmas is not in grand celebrations but in spreading love and sharing our hearts to those who are in need this holiday season,” declared Luistro,” he said.

Although no new memorandum was issued, Luistro noted that under Department of Education Order 114, series of 2009, contributions from students, in kind or in cash, should strictly be voluntary.

After all, for Luistro, even an austere Christmas celebration can still be an occasion for children, teachers, and school authorities to gather together as a community and be happy.

“A simple Christmas celebration in school can still turn into a memorable event when prepared and executed through the active involvement of the school administrator, teachers, staff, and students,” he said.

Gift-giving, Luistro said, should be guided by the spirit of sharing, and should not lead to extravagant spending,

“This will reveal a deeper understanding in the true meaning of this season—love, friendship, and a strong support system among the community members.”

Christmas break in public schools begins December 18. Classes will resume on January 3, 2011.

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