Arrel's Story

Arrel provided the story of his journey to adulthood. Now in his words:

Being part of Think Act Peace (TAP), I am so proud to say “I am a Tapper”,  this means “Learning Is Fun”, not just learning, and this is the foundation of my attitudes and character.
I remember the first time I came to Benson Peace Village (BPV) when I was a kid. I was shy like other kids. I didn’t even say ‘good morning’ to everyone. I didn’t wash my hands. I didn’t answer when someone would ask me something. I scratched my notebooks often and threw pens anywhere at home. Oh! My poor mama didn’t know it.
The day I started to go to BPV everything in my life changed. I spent my vacations and weekends there. I slowly began to understand the value of good manners. I am happy when someone greets me good morning because I believe that person wishes me a great day. I handle books and play with toys with extra care. Every school supply, book, clothing, and more, I have received is used well. Even a single old eraser, I keep. I appreciate the Donors’ sacrifices, their efforts and willingness to help. Every time I use donated things I remember the Benefactors.
I graduated from Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT) with a Bachelor in Elementary Education degree. Since my graduation I have been working at BPV while waiting for my Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). Tap is my inspiration. I can say “I am one of the products of TAP”.
I pray for TAP to continue to give hope and to spread love to more people especially in need. God bless you all.
 Arrel Cabe P. De Leon



4313 Vista Place N.E.
Tacoma, WA 98422 USA

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