Thursday, March 31, 2011

Young Historians: Helping with the Japanese Relief Effort

During WWII, kids in Cavendish would have made pins to raise money to help with the war effort. These would often be made with red, white and blue beads, the colors of USA flag. Using white and red beads, Japan's flag colors, the students make bracelets to help with the Japanese Relief Effort. In addition, some also folded origami cranes. The latter will be mailed to OshKosh B'Gosh as part of this company's Japanese relief effort.

Alex Provance, a flight attendant for Delta, has recently flown twice to Japan. She brought Japanese newspapers, as well as "Pokey," a chocolate cookie from Japan. She told the students about what it was like experiencing the "after shock" of the earthquake.

The bracelets the students made are available for a minimum donation of $5. They are on sale at the Cavendish Elementary School (go to the office), Crows Corner Bakery and the Cavendish Town Office.

The students want the money raised to go to Shelter Box USA. This organization responds instantly to disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who are most in need. The box includes a tent for a family of 10, cooker, blankets, water purification, tool kit and other items survivors need to rebuild their lives in the days, weeks and months following a disaster.

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