The tragedy of the March 11 earthquake (9.0 on the Richter scale) and resulting tsunami on Japan’s eastern shores resounded heavily in hearts and minds of the international community around the world.
The photos and stories of the some 26,000 people either missing or non-survivors spoke of a need to band together as global citizens.
Because of this, Sinkut View Elementary School took on the project, “A Wish for Japan.”
By the end of that first week, the Friday before spring break, chains of Maple Leaf Origami had been strung in quick succession by many of the staff and students.
Eager to share their heartfelt messages of “health,” “rebuild stronger,” “a home,” and “safe return of loved ones,” the wishes were sent to Mr. Matsui on the western coast of Japan to distribute to the Japanese schools and rescue shelters.
Thankfully Mr. Matsui and his family stayed safe amidst the grief and suffering faced in every part of the tiny country, only 2.5 times larger than the province of B.C.
Once students had returned back to school from their two-week reprieve, preparations began again in earnest, as a Japanese Luncheon was undertaken.
A simple meal of teriyaki stir-fry, rice bowl, cupcake and beverage would be supplied for $5 in donation to the Red Cross.
Students in every grade assisted in some part of the event; whether creating illustrative posters, decorating the 100 homemade cupcakes, lending a hand in the kitchen under the supervision of the head chef, supplying tables/chairs to the gymnasium, and/or setting up the technical support for the PowerPoint presentation during the noon hour event.
When the 100+ students, staff, CNC supporters, parents and guardians had sat down… the meals had been handed out…the students were sitting cross-legged on the Japanese-style mats lining the floor, and when the lights finally came down, the atmosphere of hushed respect and compassion was felt by all in attendance.
Thanks to the entire Sinkut View Community, we were able to raise approximately $311 from the Penny Jar,
Luncheon and generosity of friends and loved ones with a child attending this school.
We wanted to teach that being a global citizen was a choice you could choose, but we’re honored to say that the outpouring of kindness and financial support has shown that it is not only our duty, but our– privilege.
In the words of our Japanese friends, “The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.”
Be a global citizen, start today!