After weeks of cleanup, repair, and recovery efforts, Mount Carmel School finally resumed classes on Nov. 13.
Mount Carmel Cathedral Bishop Ryan P. Jimenez presided over a Mass that kicked off the school’s resumption of classes.
In his homily, Jimenez reminded students about the values of stewardship, giving thanks, and having faith in God and each other.
After the Mass, the MCS Student Council launched its Big Brother, Big Sister Program, designed to have high school and junior high students interacting with the elementary students on fun activities.
Although many parts of the school were destroyed by Super Typhoon Yutu, students, friends, family, faculty, and staff came together in the belief that the school will rise stronger.
“Despite the typhoon, kids were smiling ear to ear, enjoying some activities that were prepared by Student Council,” said Student Council president, Dayna Macaranas. “They were able to bond with the older Mount Carmel School students and develop a friendship. It was truly heartwarming.”
She described the resumption of classes thus: “The first day back in school was full of excitement and anxiousness for what’s to come from both students and teachers. It was a great feeling to be back in school and find some normalcy in everything.”
To give students and their families time to recover, the CNMI Board of Education, the CNMI Public School System, and the PSS Childhood Nutrition Program extended emergency free meals to all students in Saipan and Tinian until Nov. 30. . (PR)