The SM Store’s Donate A Book program gives books to Bangsamoro schools

(Press Release)

The SM Store’s annual Donate A Book drive pooled around 150,000 books this year, bringing the joy of learning to 130 schools and communities across the country and indeed going a long way—as far as the last-mile communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) province of Lanao del Norte.

Gacap Primary School students receiving books via The SM Store’s Donate A Book program

The reading and learning materials donated via SM City Cagayan De Oro were gifted to the school children from three of the farthest communities in BARMM: Pindolonan Elementary School in Tugaya, Gacap Primary School in Kapai, and Udalo Elementary School in Piagapo.

Storytelling session with DepEd OIC-SDS Dr. Sahanee Sumagayan

In partnership with the Department of Education’s Division of Lanao Del Sur-1 and Arkat Lawanen, the turnover ceremonies with storytelling sessions were led by Supervisor Sahaya M. Sarangani and OIC-SDS Dr. Sahanee M. Sumagayan, PhD.

The SM Store’s Donate A Book program started in 2015 and has collected almost one million reading and learnings materials for the benefit of public schools, youth organizations, and communities around the country.