It’s fun reaching out so let’s paint classrooms for the kids’ brighter future.

This is the message of Jonathan Clavel of Rotaract Club of Iloilo City to 12,000-member Discover Panay Island (DPI) Facebook group as they plan to embark into an outreach program.

“Dear fellow DPI’s, here’s an example of an outreach program – painting of kindergarten classroom. See the fun and joy of volunteers and happy faces of pupils with their newly painted classroom,” Jonathan posted their classroom painting activity on DPI’s FB wall.

“Let’s make DPI Outreach Program a reality. Let’s make a difference to the lives of our fellow Ilonggos! Go DPI!” he exclaimed.

Jonathan noted they saw the need of the classroom building since five years ago in his native home Brgy. Cagbang, Oton, Iloilo.

“The classroom is being used by Kindergarten 2 pupils though it’s unpainted inside – it looks dim and gloomy to the eyes of the children so we decided to paint it in coordination with barangay officials,” he explained.

At least seven village officials, two teachers, a pupil, six kids and four volunteers helped the Rotaractors to do and finish the painting job.

“I just want to share what we are doing in the Rotaract so my neighbors would feel the same way too of how to be of service to their fellows,” Jonathan shared.

Rotaract was able to raise funds for the classroom painting after the successful Porma Balas sand sculpting competition at Villa Beach shorelines April 29 where DPI members had fun during their grand eyeball.

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18-30, either community or university based, and sponsored by a local Rotary club, making them true “partners in service” and key members of Rotary family.

How do they work? All Rotaract efforts begin at the local or grassroots level with members addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.

Photo credits: Jonathan Clavel