May 23, 2024

As a testament to its advocacy in promoting quality education in the Philippines, the SM Foundation inaugurated its 107th school building at the South Central Integrated School in San Fernando, La Union on Jan. 4.

The SM Foundation’s School Building program addresses overcrowding in classrooms, which is one of the major challenges faced by public schools.

107TH SCHOOL BUILDING — SM Foundation officials graced the inauguration of the 107th school building built by the foundation at the South Central Integrated School in San Fernando, La Union on Jan. 4. — SM Foundation handout photo

The two-story, four-classroom structure is a welcome addition to the community as it helps in alleviating the burden of classroom overcrowding and providing a conducive learning environment for 200 grade 7 students.

The new school building is more than just bricks and mortar as it stands as a symbol of hope and opportunity for the students who will learn within its walls.

The building is fully furnished with armchairs (including left-handed options), teacher’s desks and chairs, panoramic whiteboards, wall fans, and wall clocks.

To ensure inclusivity, the structure includes a ramp for persons with disability and a PWD-friendly comfort room with handrails and necessary amenities.

The SM Foundation also prioritizes the safety and well-being of students and staff. The building is equipped with fire alarms and emergency lights in key areas, ensuring a quick response in case of emergencies.

To promote a healthy learning environment, a 10-faucet handwashing facility and overhead water tanks have been installed. Dedicated rooms for a guidance office, art gallery, and a prayer room further enhance the school’s functionality and cater to the diverse needs of the community.

SM Foundation’s impact extends beyond constructing schools, resonating in enhanced safety, nurturing learning spaces, and a broader commitment to educational empowerment. – Press release