One Million Lapis for Philippine elementary schools aims for Guinness Record

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) is aiming to collect one million pencils through its "One Million Lapis" campaign. The pencils collected during the campaign will be distributed to underprivileged students in elementary schools of 4th to 6th municipalities all throughout the Philippines.

The "One Million Lapis" campaign also aims for the Longest Line of Lapis for the Guinness World Records.

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Launched in November 2015 in cooperation with the Department of Education, SM Cares, SM Supermalls, and National Bookstore, the campaign is one of the projects lined up to celebrate the 2016 National Children's Month in November.

The Department of Interior and Local Government, is also lending its support to the campaign, with the placement of a drop box for old and new pencils at the department's central office in Pasig City.

An update by CWC indicates that SM Supermalls has pledged to give 300,000 pencils while National Bookstore has promised to donate 50,000 pencils to the campaign.

Some people might think the campaign is superficial. In this technology-driven world, do pencils still matter? Will one million pencils really make a difference in the lives of underprivileged elementary students?

Apparently, it's a sad fact that there are still areas in the Philippines wherein students divide their pencils into three just so they can write. It's a heartbreaking situation which hopefully will be addressed by CWC's simple yet very useful campaign.

If you have unused pencils around the house just gathering dust, it's time to place them at drop boxes located at national government offices, regional offices, and all SM Supermalls. You can free up some storage space and participate in a worthy cause at the same time.

If you have cash to spare, buy extra pencils for donation when purchasing school supplies for your kids. Then let them place the pencils themselves at the CWC drop boxes for the One Million Lapis campaign. It's one way for kids to learn the value of giving and will also instill a sense of civic duty in their young minds.

The One Million Lapis campaign will run until October 2016. All donated pencils will be counted on November 5. The final counting and official declaration will also serve as a kick-off activity for the celebration of the National Children's Month. All pencils will be officially turned over to the Department of Education on November 20, 2016.
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