Article by: Shin Won Kim
Last weekend, the high school production of Blood Brothers successfully completed its three shows. Captivated by the fantastic singing and incredible acting, many may have overlooked the several new, and perhaps unfamiliar faces in the audience.
For Saturday’s viewing, the SPECS Club invited several children from SPECS to come watch the play. They decided to bring children to the show because as Angelo Manaloto, the treasurer of SPECS club, comments that they thought “Serving the SPECS children did not necessarily have to be monetary contributions or even Saturday service trips.” He further emphasizes the importance of “[making them] feel more than just the ‘SPECS kids’” and including them in the ISM community. He also mentions that bringing the children to the HS play was not necessarily a new activity for SPECS as they often “put an emphasis on inclusion and treating the kids [as] more than just an object of charity”.
Angelo reflected that bringing the children to come and watch the play went much better than expected. The council had initially feared that the children would not enjoy the play because the show is in English since the children’s first language is Filipino. However, at the end, Angelo and his fellow council members were delighted to see that the children really enjoyed the show. The combination of both music and comedy made the experience even more exciting for the children, as they found the show very entertaining and humorous.
Though not necessarily the typical Saturday service trip, bringing children to school productions has been done in the past. Band Aid, for example, always has a charity performance the day before the actual performance, and invites different organizations to bring children and let them enjoy the musical performances.Service activities such as these essentially serve dual purpose; not only are we helping the children by inviting them to our events and actually including them in our community, but the children also have new experiences with theatre or music and are able to have a fun and enjoyable time.
As exhibited by SPECS activities, there are so many more ways to demonstrate service than by merely donating money, or going on the site and helping the organization. Though it may not be the most physically demanding or the most expensive, simple acts such as inviting service partners to school events are definitely successful in bringing a smile to the children’s faces.