Researches show that, "Children read to when they are young, love reading as they grow up."
The above contention prompted the College of Education volunteers to conduct storytelling sessions for the children in Catarman, Dauis, Bohol - the HNU's adopted barangay for its community outreach activities. The storytelling program conducted from April 10 to May 29, 2010 was a joint venture of the COED, HNU-Community Extension and Development Office (CEDev) and SMART Communications, Inc.
The 10-Saturday sessions aimed to enhance the pupils' listening ability, improve their socialization skills, enhance their artwork ability, and develop their love and appreciation of storytelling and literature.
The storytelling program also strengthened the university's community linkage as it (program) required the involvement of the various sectors of barangay Catarman - the teachers, parents, LGU officials, and SMART personnel.
Moreover, the program succeeded because of the commitment and diligence of pre-service teachers of the COED, who served as storytellers and mentors to the kids. The pre-service volunteers, who underwent massive training in Cebu City, included Ms. Madeline Virtudazo, Ms. Geraldine Labasan, Ms. Dorothy Vivien Robles, and Mr. Simplicio Gadugdug.
These volunteers shared their learnings from that training to the other volunteers, Ms. Evangeline Bungao, Ms. Chona Campilan, Mr. Jose Lacre, Mr. Fernand Zosua Dolotina, and Ms. Gracelie Laroda.
Before the storytelling sessions reeled off, a pre-test was administered to the pupil beneficiaries to measure their attitude toward storytelling. The same test was administered to them after the 8-Saturday storytelling sessions to determine if the storytelling created a positive change in their attitude toward the same activity.
The storytelling also served as opportunity of the university to implement its feeding program because the children who attended the sessions were provided with nutritious snacks.
The sessions made use of modules from which the stories of mythical nature such as Si Kan Nga Dangas ug Agtang, Ang Gikaibgan sa Dili Ingon Nato, Ang Kahoy nga Bolbolan and many others were taken, After the storytelling, the pupils' artistic skills were also honed through their drawings which depict the visions they imagined while listening to the story.
The program was supervised by Dr. Guadalupe Saturinas, the former dean of COED, with the assistance of Dr. Restituto Balabat, Mrs. Arlene Loquias, and Dr. Roque Bongcac.
The 10-Saturday sessions culminated in a program where the pupils were given tokens to certify completion. Also present in the program were the HNU President, Fr. Francisco T. Estepa, SVD, the teachers and the principal of Catarman, parents, LGU officials, four SMART personnel, and the CEDev Staff headed by Mr. Noel Uy.