There is nothing special about books, pencils, and erasers—until you don’t have them. A lot of people take them for granted but not a grade 2 student, Jan Kim Enario from the Philippines who went viral for using an improvised pen in school.
The 8-year-old Union Elementary School student in Samar wanted to find a way to do his class seatwork and was trying his best to participate even without a proper ballpen to write. When his teacher, Maricor Baculanta found out about the origins of the pen, she could not stop crying and shared the photos on her social media.
Maricor recalled the time she gave an exercise to her class when she noticed something different about Jan’s ball pen and he’s too shy to show it to her!
When Jan immersed in working on his exercise and forget to cover his pen, Maricor realized that the pen was made of a ballpen ink chamber and tip, rubber band, and a piece of wood.
“I was the one who made the pen, teacher. It’s a ballpen with a broken barrel that I found at home.” Because it still had ink, Jan improvised the ballpen and made one that he can use.
Always willing to learn and practice more on reading, Maricor said that she was disturbed with what she saw and couldn’t help but cry every time she was reminded of Jan.
After the heartbreaking picture was all over the internet, a lot of people tried to reach out to Jan and help the hardworking boy.
With all the help coming in, we hope Jan can have a more enjoyable study time at school!