On an average day one would find 20 to 40 children spread over 3 or 4 of the 5 classrooms at the elementary school in Baclayan. Even during recess, the buildings seemed void of the kind of life and energy that characterizes any healthy functioning elementary school. There were plenty of school age children in the community, but very few of them attended school on a regular basis. This was back in 2011. Today, the same buildings and classrooms ooze with energy and happiness from somewhere between 150 to almost 200 children. Most of them attend class every day, except when weather conditions are too hostile.