By Alexis Balansag*
On March 29, 2011, 56 of the 74 Night High scholars of the Bosch Class of 2010 from Siena College, Taytay, Rizal and Siena College, Quezon City, participated in a team building activity sponsored by Robert Bosch Inc. The team building activity was held at the Birds iView Resort in Taytay, Rizal, which was reserved for the special event.
The team building activity was organized for the Night High scholars of Siena College, Taytay, Rizal and Siena College, Quezon City, to interact and to get to know each other better. Throughout the day, the scholars participated in various relay-type team building activities prepared especially for them.
The 56 scholars were divided into six groups consisting of eight to nine members from both Siena College campuses. The activities included games designed to have the scholars from both campuses interact and work together in accomplishing different goals. The games they participated in included, “Q and A,” a game where multiple choice questions about ABC Foundation, Springboard Foundation and Robert Bosch Inc. were asked; “Sing-It,” where participants needed to sing random songs on a videoke machine and record their scores; and “Step My Mine,” where a blind-folded member of a group must collect different laminated logos scattered on the ground. Each logo (ABC Foundation, Springboard Foundation, Robert Bosch, Inc.) has an assigned point value which is unknown to the group members. The other games were, “Carry Me Baby,” wherein members of a group must carry one of their member from one end of the pool to the other without getting him/her wet; “Lokong-Logo” where the participants needed to put together the pieces of a puzzle to form a certain company logo; and “Hipunin mo Hija” where all the members of a group must swim and collect the different laminated logos of ABC Foundation, Springboard Foundation and Bosch Inc at the bottom of the pool. Each logo has corresponding points unknown to the members. Groups collect and record their points as they accomplish the different activities. The group with the most number of points at the end, wins.
The team building activities were followed by a lunch buffet, cooked and prepared by some of the parents of the Night High scholars from Siena College of Taytay. Lunch was followed by a short program where messages of encouragement and support were given by Ms. Gina Tuazon, Coordinator of Springboard Foundation and Mr. Kaycee Crisostomo, Public Relations and Corporate Communication Manager of Robert Bosch, Inc. Representatives from both Night High classes gave their messages of gratitude and gave their sponsors tokens of appreciation.
Before the short program ended, the winners of the team building activities were announced and prizes were given out – backpacks to the first place winners, Bosch t-shirts to the second place winners and school supplies to the third place winners. The different prizes given out were provided by Ms. Divine and Mr. Martin of Robert Bosch, Inc.
As the day ended and the scholars prepared to go their separate ways, they were all very thankful to have been given this unique opportunity to spend the day strengthening bonds not only with their fellow Bosch scholars, but also with their sponsors, Robert Bosch, Inc., Springboard Foundation and ABC Foundation.
Tired, but happy, the Night High scholars of the Bosch Class of 2010 went home at the end of the team building activity with the new experiences, friendships and memories they will surely treasure.
*Alexis Balansag is a member of the Bosch Class of 2010 from Siena College, Taytay, Rizal. As a summer intern of ABC Foundation, he was assigned to organize the team building activity for his fellow Night High Scholars. Alexis planned and prepared all of the games and supervised the progress of the participating groups during the activity. He also found the venue and coordinated with Bird’s iView, and coordinated with the volunteer mothers regarding the food and snacks for the event.