Dec 6, 2016

Students Present at TAMF Conference and Produce Video Reports showing Their Expertise!

Student Presentation at TAMF Conference at ISU
Student Presentation at TAMF Conference at ISU

Taylor Scholarship Students Present at TAMF Conference - Our first TAMF Conference was successfully held at Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) on November 8th. TAMF family organizations made great speeches about their activities and provided information for the booklet (attached below). We are very fortunate to work with these wonderful people.  Thank you all!  Please see the students’ presentation at www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqjU_fsgAn8&feature=share.

Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, introduces the students Ayaka, Ikumi and Fuka in the video.  Kato-san presents in Japanese, but the students present in English and Japanese!   Unfortunately the fourth student, Chinami, is currently sick and was not able to attend the conference or make a video.   We are proud of these students and their progress in their courses including English.  Please view their videos at the links below showing their training: 

Video from Ayaka - first year patissiere student from Ishinomaki

Video from Ikumi - second year patissiere student from Ishinomaki

Video from Fuka - first year hotel student from Watari

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TAMF Conference Participants at ISU
TAMF Conference Participants at ISU

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Nov 28, 2016

TAMF Conference, Taylor Bunko Dedication and #GivingTuesday

TAMF Conference participants @Ishinomaki Senshu U.
TAMF Conference participants @Ishinomaki Senshu U.

TAMF Board Meeting - The TAMF board met in Tokyo on November 5th to review 2016 programs and plan 2017 programs.  We reviewed requests from organizations still helping with Tohoku recovery and made decisions on which to support in 2017.  Please see the "TAMF 2016 - 2017 Activities" booklet attached to this report to find out more about the projects we work on together. 

TAMF Conference - Our first TAMF Conference was successfully held at Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) on November 8th. TAMF family organizations made great speeches about their activities and provided information for the booklet. We are very fortunate tto work with these wonderful people.  Thank you all!

Kama Elementary School Taylor Anderson Reading Corner Dedication - We were very pleased to have the 10th Taylor Anderson Reading Corner (Taylor Bunko) dedication ceremony at Kama Elementary School (ES) in Ishinomaki. Kama ES lost many students in the tsunami.  We provided bookshelves made by Endo-san (who has made bookshelves for all ten) and the students gave us a warm song and a nice speech by one of the student representatives.  We also gave the school book coupons so they will be able to purchase their choice of books.   We are very fortunate that the vice pincipal who was previously at Watanoha Elementary School (which has a Taylor Bunko) requested a Taylor Bunko.  We also were able to see the garden where students planted flowers TAMF provided for Big Up Ishinomaki to oranize the planting with the students . 

There is a TBS (Sendai TV Station) story link below about the Kama ES Taylor Bunko dedication ceremony. The girl student says, "I'm so glad to meet Taylor-sensei's parents and want to learn more about Taylor-sensei.". The boy student says, "I want to read many books and use them for my studying and pleasure." The students were very excited and we hope they enjoy their new Taylor Bunko!

The Ishinomaki Kahoku News paper pictures include the 10th Taylor bunko dedication ceremony at Kama ES and Taylor readers at Mangokuura ES (explained below). A 6th grader from Kama ES in the story said, "It is difficult to study English, but I want to learn more English as a way to touch other cultures of various countries and to interact with people. I think that's what Taylor wants."

Taylor English Speech Competition Trophy Presentation - We presented the Endo-san made Taylor trophy to the 9th grade boy who won the Ishinomaki English Speech Contest.  He repeated his memorized speech in bold English in front of two principals and the Ishinomaki  Board of Education Superintendent!  We were all impressed with his story of overcoming hardships to become the student he wanted to be. 

Taylor Readers Hour at Mangokuura Elementary School - Soyokaze and E-kids had a special reading hour for 2nd graders at Mangokuura Elementary School. The volunteers set up four reading stations at each corner of the gym and the 60 2nd graders ran from one to the other to experience all four. The student in the 2nd news story link below says "It's my first time to listen to children's books in English, so I'm very happy!" Everyone was happy!

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Ishinomaki Kahoku Article - Kama and Mangokuura ES
Ishinomaki Kahoku Article - Kama and Mangokuura ES
Kama ES Taylor Bunko Dedication Ceremony
Kama ES Taylor Bunko Dedication Ceremony
Kama ES Flower Garden
Kama ES Flower Garden
Ishinomaki English Speech Competition Winnder
Ishinomaki English Speech Competition Winnder

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Sep 15, 2016

Richmond to Ishinomaki Exchange and RMC News

Group PIcture Before Kawabiraki Festival
Group PIcture Before Kawabiraki Festival

TAMF High School Student Exchange Program 2016

The eight Richmond high school students who hosted Ishinomaki high school students last summer returned to Japan from July 28th to August 4th for enriching experiences in Ishinomaki and Tokyo.  They were hosted in Ishinomaki by home stay families as well as by the Kosykuji Temple in Ishinomaki.

On day 1 of their Ishinomaki visit they had meditation at the temple with Chief Pries Syoko Kawamura,  made a prayer at an elementary school where more than 70 students of 78 or so were killed by the tsunami,  went Ashi grass water boat riding, and visited Hiyori yama hill for a beautiful view of the city and seacoast.  They finished their day at a fancy sushi restaurant!

For the start of day 2 they cooked breakfast by themselves at the temple and had 15 minute meditation training.  The Endo’s hosted all of the students and host families at their Team Watahoi volunteer center and rainbow bridge for a barbeque.   The students stayed with their host families that night.

On day 3 they visited Taylor's reading corner at Ishinomaki Senshu University, enjoyed interaction with Ishinomaki High School students,  changed clothes to Yukata kimono and went to the annual Kawabiraki Festival with fireworks.  Morgan and Noah were interviewed by Radio Ishinomaki, and an Ishinomaki  High School student helped them as an interpreter!

 On day 4 they finished their time in Ishinomaki shopping at Aeon mall and then made their way to Sendai to take the shinkansen to Tokyo where they visited Akihabara and stayed in Asakusa.

Day 5 was filled with discovering Tokyo: Asakusa, the water bus, Hamariky, Harajuku, Shibuya, Hamarikyu garden, water bus, Asakusa, a farewell dinner( monja-yaki) with Mr. & Mrs. Fujisaki and back to the hotel to pack for their departure the next day.

The students were fortunate to have as their chaperones and guides Mr. and Mrs. Takanarita who planned and made this trip one to be always cherished.  Now after two years of exchange these Ishinomaki and Richmond students will always have a bond with each other even though they are half way across the world. 

The memorial bench was one of several ways Anderson’s influence continues to ripple outward even in death — Randolph-Macon received grants in Anderson’s memory, including one that’s allowed students to travel and study in Japan.

Randolph Macon College and Ishinomaki Senhu University TOMODACHI Exchange Group 2015 & 2016 

The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund is bringing together students and faculty from Randolph-Macon and Ishinomaki Senshu University for a second year.  The RMC group visited ISU in July and the ISU group is currently visiting RMC.   We will report the results of this in our next quarterly report.  RMC dedicated the Taylor Anderson Seating Area earlier this week while the ISU group was visiting and there are links to articles below.

TAMF Conference at Ishinomaki Senshu University November 8, 2016

We will have our annual board meeting in Tokyo November 5th to be followed by a conference of all of the organizations we are privileged to work with in Ishinomaki in Japan.  We are now accepting grant requests from local organizations for 2017 thanks to all of your support!  We look forward to reporting the board meeting and conference results in our next quarterly report!

 

For more pictres, vidose and news please visit our Facebook page.  As always, thank you for supporting TAMF!

Ishinomaki Activities
Ishinomaki Activities
Barbeque at the the Endo's Rainbow Bridge
Barbeque at the the Endo's Rainbow Bridge
Ishinomaki Radio at Kawabiraki Festival
Ishinomaki Radio at Kawabiraki Festival
Ishinomaki Hibi Shinbun Newspaper Article
Ishinomaki Hibi Shinbun Newspaper Article
Farewell Dinner in Tokyo
Farewell Dinner in Tokyo

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