Just in time for the school opening, more than 1,000 employees of SM Supermalls, including some of its executives, took part in SM’s Adopt-A-School program that is geared towards the rehabilitation and refurbishment of public elementary schools.
Last June 4, 2016, employees from the different companies of SM Prime Holdings Inc., through the Employee Volunteerism Program (EVP) cleaned up a total of 57 public elementary schools. The Adopt-A-School project was done in partnership with SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
Julie Miteria, Vice President of HR Division of SM Supermalls, said that the employee volunteers took part by repairing, cleaning, and beautifying the school facilities to make it more conducive for learning.
Tree planting activities were also done in selected schools to highlight the importance of greening of open spaces especially within school grounds.
Aside from the employee volunteers, other SM employees also raised funds to donate school supplies, books, and equipment.
Miteria pointed out that more than 65,000 teachers and students from the selected public elementary schools nationwide will benefit from the project.
“This project does not only highlight the value of education but also the spirit of volunteerism which helps uplift the lives of those who have less,” Miteria said.