“Gaano ba karami o kalaki ang heart ng isang Ms. Rubymae Delos Santos para ma-organize ang 4-H Special Learners’ Club?” Alicia Rose D. Nebreja, ATI-RTC IX Center Director, on her inspirational message during the conduct of Grooming Young 4-H Special Learners on February 5-6, 2020 at Vitali Central School, Vitali, Zamboanga City.
Ms. Nebreja was in awe on the kind of patience and dedication the special education teacher pour in to help strengthen and sustain the 4-H Special Learners’ Club, the first ever in-school 4-H organization organized by Ms. Delos Santos for children with special needs. Members of the club are those with hearing impairment, visual impairment, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, learning disability, and autism.
“Si Rubymae nakilala ko na siya siguro mga humigit kumulang limang taon, pero ngayon talaga umani siya sa akin ng isang malaking salute. Sa buong pilipinas may napakaraming guro pero hindi po lahat ng guro ay may puso na kagaya ng kay Rubymae.” added Ms. Nebreja.
Part of the highlights of the two-day activity was the meet and greet time with each of the members of the club and the tour on the garden established by the club’s members. Ms. Nebreja also had a talk with the school heads, special education teachers, and Zamboanga City Agriculturist Office coordinators to discuss the needs of the club and the future interventions of ATI-RTC IX.
Ms. Nebreja also assured the group that the activity is only a start of a beautiful journey between ATI and the 4-H Special Learners’ Club.