March 26, 2019Back to list
By Elaine Hoong, Literacy Intervention Teacher at Epworth Literacy
The last quarter of 2018 was definitely an activity-filled period for our children, with Children’s Day in early October, the school term ending in November, and Christmas in December! Here’s a look back at some activities conducted across our various departments at the end of last year.
Thanks to generous donors, our children were blessed with a day out at the River Safari! Many were excited as they finally got to meet Jia Jia and Kai Kai, the famous pandas that were the talk of the town.
The iconic boat ride, The Amazon River brought us up close and personal with the flamingos, capybaras and many other amazing animals. Graceful manatees and stingrays were quite a sight to behold as well!
Outings are always great fun! More importantly, they give our children the opportunity to socialise and have an experience they can fondly remember. It warms our hearts when we see some of them looking out for one another.
This event would not have been possible without our donors: River Safari and Roots @ One North, Judy & David Seah, Ann Gan, and Gwen & Chris from G Patisserie. Thank you for your generous donations as we celebrate the gift of children and remember the less fortunate.
We would also like to thank our dedicated staff in Epworth Literacy for organising this event, and volunteers from Heartware Network for spending time with our children.
In a little town of Bethlehem, over two thousand years ago, a baby was born in a stable. Angels, shepherds and magi rejoiced at the birth of Jesus – but why? Why was His birth such a celebratory occasion and a concern for us today?
Our teachers from Epworth Literacy explained the true meaning of Christmas through videos, crafts and games during our annual Christmas Celebration. Our children learned that Jesus was God’s gift to everyone, and that He died on the cross for our sins and rose again (on Easter Sunday). Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are saved from eternal spiritual death. Christmas is not about the presents but about God’s love and forgiveness for us all.
This year, we were privileged to have volunteers from Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) and friends join us in organising a carnivalesque Christmas celebration. It was such a joy to see the centre and pavilion bustling with excited children as they actively participated in activities, such as toss-a-can, bowling, and balloon sculpting. Each child also made crafts and received a bookmark to remind him or her of the true meaning of Christmas.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, each child brought home a bag of gifts and vouchers as well.
In addition, parents were fortunate to attend a parenting talk called Rejoice in Hope: Journeying through the Odds, where Mary Heng shared her joys and struggles of raising a child with special needs. In difficult times, she found peace and hope in God to help her press on.
This celebration would not have been possible without the help of our volunteers and charitable donors. Likewise, we count on your generous donations and support to continue to make such events possible for at-risk children and youth.
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