News Release

Church of Jesus Christ Eases Equipment Shortage at La Union High School

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints formally closed a humanitarian project on May 2, 2024, to help Santo Tomas National High School (STNHS) students, teachers, and staff by donating essential furniture and IT equipment.

The Church's generous donation of over 500 Monoblock chairs, printers with scanners, industrial stand fans, LCD projectors, LED Smart TVs, laptops, and desktop computers, among other learning support materials, is set to transform the learning environment at STNHS. Valued at almost PHP 700,000.00, these resources will empower students to pursue their academic journeys in a more comfortable and conducive setting.

Santo Tomas Municipal officials, Dr. Jorge M. Reinante, School Division Superintendent of La Union, and Barangay Captain Reynaldo Carbonell attended the handover ceremony. Mayor Carbonell's appreciation was conveyed through his Municipal Planning and Development Council representative, Mr. Roel Lachica.

In an expression of gratitude, Dr. Reinante emphasized the unique nature of the Church's contribution to the school. He commended the Church for its unprecedented support, noting that it was his first encounter with such benevolence from a religious group. Dr. Pedro A. Arongat, the Officer-in-Charge from the principal's office, also conveyed his appreciation to the Church for its invaluable contribution.

John Christ Vocal, president of the school's local learner-led organization, shared the challenges students face due to the lack of essential learning equipment, including chairs and desks, and how the Church’s contribution will fill many gaps that make education more complicated for the school's learners. Mrs. Marijoy Tolentino, the PTA President, echoed these same sentiments on behalf of the parents, emphasizing the positive impact the donation would have on their children's education.

Local leaders and missionaries played a pivotal role in representing the Church during the handover ceremony. President Edgardo G. Dungan of the Agoo Philippines Stake, Elder and Sister Dorosan, welfare couple missionaries, and others were present. This humanitarian project is a testament to the ongoing humanitarian and relationship-building efforts between local leaders, missionaries, school officials, and local government leaders and agents.

The Church of Jesus Christ and Its Commitment to Enhancing Education

The Church aims to promote self-reliance by creating opportunities for people worldwide to learn, progress, and achieve their fullest potential. Education is crucial in reducing poverty, improving health, and strengthening communities. Educational advancements are also tied to economic growth and peaceful conflict resolution. Education fosters hope and motivates action.

Through its humanitarian initiatives, the Church supplies textbooks, desks, chairs, teacher training, classroom refurbishments, and more to help students gain better access to high-quality education.

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