What's New for 2014
- School Supplies and Backpacks Program
- 5th Annual for Santa Rosa Elementary (SRES)
- 4th Annual for San Antonio Elementary (SAES)
- 3rd Annual for San Bernabe Elementary (SBES)
- 2nd Annual for Parang Elementary (PES)
- Second Annual SarratKids! Scholarship Program
- Launch of SarratKids! Spelling Bee Competition
What we did in 2013
Mission Accomplished! A total of 766 students!
Adopted a Fourth School! On March 19, 2013, Parang Elementary School (PES) became the fourth school in our School Supplies program. There are 100 students in grades 1-6 attending PES.
Distributed over 4000 books! Books and other reading materials were distributed to 11 daycare centers, 5 elementary schools (including all 4 in our program) and the Sarrat National High School. Books were generously donated by Half Price Books and others to encourage the kids to read more.
Delivered on the 2nd Annual SarratKids! Connection Scholarship Program! The 2013 valedictorian and salutatorian of five elementary schools were invited as finalists to compete for a scholarships ranging from $250 - $500 to be awarded upon high school graduation. The scholarships will be awarded to the top ranked students among the finalists. The elementary schools represented are Santa Rosa, San Antonio, San Bernabe, Parang, and Ruiz.
Completion of the (Hard Cover) Dictionary project! 36 classrooms were provided with dictionaries.
At Parang Elementary School: We successfully launched on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 for the 2013-2014 program year.
- Provided 103 backpacks, appropriate school materials and supplies for each grade level:
- Grade 1 – 11 Students
- Grade 2 – 13 Students
- Grade 3 – 13 Students
- Grade 4 – 17 Students
- Grade 5 – 16 Students
- Grade 6 – 15 Students
- Grade 6 (graduating) – 18 Students
- Served 100 lunch/snack meals to the students, faculty and staff, PTA members, parents and volunteers
At San Bernabe Elementary School: We successfully delivered program supplies on Tuesday, March 20, 2013 for the 2013-2014 program year.
- Provided 54 backpacks, appropriate school materials and supplies for each grade level.
At San Antonio Elementary School: We successfully delivered program supplies on Tuesday, March 22, 2013 for the 2013-2014 program year.
- Provided 275 backpacks, appropriate school materials and supplies for each grade level.
At Santa Rosa Elementary School: We successfully delivered program supplies on Thursday, March 21, 2013 for the 2013-2014 program year.
- Provided 334 backpacks, appropriate school materials and supplies for each grade level.
Most of all, we had FUN!
Please consider making a cash donation to SarratKids! Connection. You financial support and 100% tax deductible donation will assist us in achieving a sustainable program of providing the basic school necessities.
What is SarratKids! Connection?
SarratKids! Connection is a Washington state non-profit corporation, tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. The organization, founded by Efren Agmata and Keith Saddoris in 2008, is specifically created and designed to provide assistance, guidance and create opportunities to disadvantaged kids, grades 1 thru 6, in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, in the Philippines by providing the basic school supplies and other educational materials essential to ensuring a positive and successful educational experience.
13 Elementary Schools, 4,000 students, One School at a time
Photo courtesy of Mr. Chris Gregerson, www.cgstock.com
To enrich the educational experience of disadvantaged elementary school children in the Sarrat region within Ilocos Norte, Philippines through direct support to basic education. We believe that all students can achieve great things when given the opportunity and a fair chance. To have educational success, all kids should have access to items such as school supplies, books, backpacks and other educational materials.
In Sarrat, Ilocos Norte and the Philippines in general, many less fortunate children do not attend school due to poverty and having funds to purchase the necessary school materials. SarratKids! Connection's goal is to help the less fortunate children to stay in school by providing items such as backpacks, school supplies, tsinelas(slippers) and other basic educational needs. Through partnerships with the elementary schools in the Sarrat region we will increase student academic and social achievement. In addition, we will create a positive connection with the school and community to assist in addressing school, community and family needs.