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July 21, 2011 / Mika Riedel

A charity event at an American Elementary School!

(By Mika Riedel, American office staff)

Hello!  This is Mika Riedel.

I would like to report on what happened at the fund-raising event for Ishinomaki Children’s Refuge Center held at Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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25th of May, the weather is beautiful!

On this day, a multicultural festival was put on by the entire student body at Wildwood Elementary School. They decided to perform fund-raising for Ishinomaki Children’s Refuge Center.

What could someone do to raise money?  Here is what the kids decided to do.

  •  Face painting
  •  Sell lemonade
  •  Gather and sell used books
  •  Make and sell artistic works
  •  Make and sell accessories
  •  Sell flower starts
  •  Sell ice cream cones

With help from their families, they collected a mountain of used books.

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The artwork and accessories made by the kids are exceptionally well crafted.

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The lemonade was ice cold, perfect for a hot day.

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The face painting corner was busy and had a constant flow of customers. Everyone was wearing great-looking face paintings.

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An ice cream shop in downtown Amherst donated the ice cream for the cones.

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They tasted great!

Someone provided wristbands free of charge for us to sell too.  A lot of people bought them, expressing their sympathies and offering their best wishes.

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Participants read through copies of the blog with deep interest.

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Of course, the kids are full of energy!  Just how a festival should be! Wildwood Elementary School was overflowing with an atmosphere of warmth. The kids were spirited, the adults were no less spirited, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the festival.

Fund-raising efforts amidst all the fun ended up collecting a total of 1000 dollars! The entire amount will be donated to Ishinomaki Children’s Refuge Center.

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The kids and school principal announced over the loudspeaker, “With everyone’s help, look at what we collected!”

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After cheers and applause from everyone, we finish up with dancing in a parade. Everyone join in!

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The school principal (pink shirt) dancing with the kids.

It was a wonderful day filled with feelings of gratitude and continuous smiles. From the bottom of my heart, I thank the kids of Wildwood Elementary School, their parents, their teachers, everyone.

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We are looking for translation volunteers willing to help with this site.

http://translatorsroom.wordpress.com/

If there is anyone who is interested, please contact us. We would appreciate the help.

ishinomakicrc@gmail.com  (Address for the American office)

Written by Kodomo Hinanjo Club on 6/22/2011.

Translated by Paul Haugerud, Takako Kawamukai, Eric Draper and Kayako Mukainakano on 7/21/2011.

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