Olongapo Elementary School gets new school building from SM Foundation

Ecstatic students of Kalalake Elementary School in front of their newly built SM school building.

The Kalalake Elementary School (KES) in Olongapo City received a fully furnished two- story, four-classroom school building from SM Prime, through SM Foundation, last September 12.

The school building comes with 200 armchairs – which some were designed for left-handed students; wall fans, concave blackboards which enables students to easily see their teacher’s notes in all angles of the classroom; teacher’s desk sets, wall clocks that promotes the value of being on time; and restrooms inside each classroom to ensure the safety and hygiene of the students. It also boasts a ramp and a toilet on the ground floor accessible by persons with disabilities (PWDs).


 A class in the newly turned over SM school building to Kalalake Elementary School in Olongapo City.

The SM school building augments the current nine school buildings in the campus that serves more than 2,000 students from the following barangays: Kalalake, Pag-asa, East Bajakjak, Asinan, and Tapinac. Since the school also hosts the Special Education (SPED) program of DepEd, 115 of their students are children with autism, are hearing / visually impaired, are intellectually-challenged, and have behavioral problems. This SPED Program cater to pupils not only from Olongapo but also to students from neighboring municipalities such as San Marcelino, Zambales, and Bataan. More so, the school is also a home for more than 250 intellectually-gifted children in Grades 1 – 2 (2 sections); Grades 3 - 5 (1 section each); and Grade 6 (2 sections).


Kalalake Elementary School’s reading corner at the newly turned over SM school building.

Aside from the school building, SM Prime also donated 2,000 books to promote the love for reading among students which in turn, improves their reading and comprehension. In addition, the teachers of KES also received 20 computer units – which intends to help the educators in crafting their lesson plans and multimedia teaching strategies.


(Newly built two-story, four classroom school building turned over to Kalalake Elementary School by SM Prime, through SM Foundation.)

This effort is in line with the DepEd’s Adopt-a-School program (since 2002) to help the government address the classroom shortages and provide a more conducive to learning environment that may result to students’ better school performance. Since its inception in1983, over 15,000 students have benefitted from the more than 90 school buildings constructed through SM Foundation.


Newly built two-story, four classroom school building turned over to Kalalake Elementary School by SM Prime, through SM Foundation.

Officials from SM and local government unit of Olongapo City, together with some students and teachers of Kalalake Elementary School.