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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.


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.


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


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


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


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



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.


Participants read through copies of the blog with deep interest.


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.


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


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


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.


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

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