Help Students, Families and Schools Recover

by The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund
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Endo-san presenting book coupon to Vice-Principal
Endo-san presenting book coupon to Vice-Principal

Taylor Bunko Dedicated at Miyanomori Elementary School

On February 14, a Taylor Bunko was donated to Hirota Elementary School in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture, along with a book certificate by Endo-san, an advisor to TAMF and a maker of bookshelves. The book certificate enables the school to buy books of their choice. In Rikuzentakata City, like Taylor, Monty, a JET ALT who was lost in the Great East Japan Earthquake, was working, and he taught at Hirota Elementary School. Endo-sanconveyed the thoughts of Taylor and Monty to the children. In the first photo Shinichi Endo handing acatalogue of Taylor paperbacks to the vice principal of Hirota Elementary School.

A student who represented the school used to play at the "Rainbow Bridge" which Endo-san made in Rikuzentakata.  Endo-san said he was very much impressed by a bond that was miraculously connecting person to person. 

The bookcase is made of Japanese red pine wood, Indonesian ulin and American redwood.  The dark colored one you see in the picture is redwood.  The two arches of redwood signify the two bridges of Taylor and Monty.  He hopes their wishes to make a bridge between US and Japan will come true.  Endo-san expresses how grateful he is that he is committed to this wonderful work to make bonds with various people. He said he had a joyous day. Endo-san’s children, Hana, Kanta and Kana, were students of Taylor and also lost in the tsunami.

Ishinomaki Senshu Staff Read picture books at Higashihama Elementary School Taylor Bunko

On December 20, Associate Professor  Takahashi of the Faculty of Human Sciences and two library staff including author Ms. Chiba visited Ishinomaki City Higashihama Elementary School on the Oshika Peninsula to read picture books. The purpose is an exchange project using the Taylor Bunko, and this is the seventh visit.

Higashihama Elementary School seems to be close when viewed on the map, but when you actually go there, it feels like you have come very far because of the complex terrain and winding roads unique to the peninsula. About an hour from the university, they arrived at the small Makihama fishing port where oysters with shells that have just been landed in season are placed. The elementary school is right next to it. The school building, which escaped difficulties on high ground, still retains the breath and stories of many children who have left the nest.

After a little chat in the principal's office, the staff immediately moved to the multipurpose hall on the second floor where the Taylor bunko is located. They were greeted by 10 crisp eyes. Currently, there are only five students at Higashihama Elementary School. It is a school like a family including teachers, but it will be closed by the end of next fiscal year because even after 11 years families have not returned to the area.

Please see the link to the story below.

Randolph-Macon College Senbazaru 3.11 Memorial Project

R-MC and University of Alaska Anchorage jointly present the One Thousand Origami Cranes Project this March. It is an honor to work with UAA to commemorate Taylor and Monty's dream to become a bridge between America and Japan. Mr. Dickson, another JET from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), was also a victim of the tsunami. He was teaching in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. Your submission is due March 4th, please visit this link for details One Thousand Origami Cranes:11th Year of Remembrance of the 2011 Tsunami and Earthquake Disaster.

3.11 Fruits of Light Project: Building Bridges of Smiles / 3.11

In remembrance of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, Randolph-Macon College and University of Alaska Anchorage in cooperation with Ishinomaki Senshu University in Japan will be offering an online workshop with a Japanese artist, Mr. Takahashi, on Friday, March 11th at 8:00pm (EST). During the workshop, participants will be drawing the smiles of those they love, miss and are thankful for, using an online platform "Smile Atelier." The drawings of smiles submitted as part of this year's "Building Bridges of Smiles" project will be displayed and illuminated on the R-MC and UAA campuses in March 2023.

For more details about the workshop, please visit our event page 3.11 Fruits of Light Project: Building Bridges of Smiles

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons! Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

 

 

 

Student accepting book about Taylor from Endo-san
Student accepting book about Taylor from Endo-san
Endo-san shares his thoughts re: the Taylor bunko
Endo-san shares his thoughts re: the Taylor bunko
Taylor Bunko - Endo-san's latest masterpiece
Taylor Bunko - Endo-san's latest masterpiece
One of the Taylor bunko bookshelves with books
One of the Taylor bunko bookshelves with books

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Endo-san with students at Miyanomori ES
Endo-san with students at Miyanomori ES

Taylor Bunko Dedicated at Miyanomori Elementary School

Endo-san has made his 24th Taylor Anderson bunko masterpiece and on behalf of TAMF presented it to Miyanomori elementary school in Higashimatsushima City September 16th. He presented the books "A Gift from Taylor" by Naomi Chiba, “The Taylor Anderson Story” picture book by Jean Anderson with translation to Japanese by Naomi Chiba and the ten year commemorative book "Live Your Dream" consisting of essays from some of the people that have been involved or benefited from TAMF. The school also received a book coupon so they can buy the books of their choice for the bunko. Thank you Ryoko Endo for sending the pictures, thanks to Endo-san for his fine work and thank you to the donors who made it possible!

Ishinomaki English Speech Competition Award

TAMF awards the Ishinomaki English Speech Competition Trophy (Taylor Cup) to the winners of the Ishinomaki district junior high school student English argument competition every year. In this year's competition Higashimatsushima junior high school student Ms. Onodera won with a speech titled ′′The Million Colors′′. The commemorative trophy was awarded by the trophy maker and TAMF adviser Mr. Endo The center of the photo is the principal of Shinichiro Hiratsuka.

Japanese Embassy Donates National Cherry Blossom Festival Sakura Sculpture

Ambassador Tomita participated in a ceremony yesterday at Randolph-Macon College to dedicate the installation of a Sakura sculpture donated by the Embassy. The piece, which was part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival's Art in Bloom event, celebrates the #UnshakableFriendship between Japan and the US, and commemorates the passing of RMC alumna Taylor Anderson during the Great East Japan Earthquake. Sakura is the national flower of Japan and represents a time of renewal and optimism as the blossoms symbolize the start of Spring every year.

Thank you to the Embassy of Japan in the USA, The National Cherry Blossom Festival, the sculptor Alex Goastier and Randolph-Macon College for this honor to Taylor and the relationship forged between Randolph-Macon College and Japan. 

#GivingTuesday campaign Nov. 30th!

GlobalGiving is starting to prepare for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving celebrated by nonprofits, corporations, and donors alike! 

They have generously announced that they're offering a $1,000,000 incentive fund again for this 24-hour #GivingTuesday campaign. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Nov. 30!

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons! Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

Endo-san with Principal and students at Miyanomori
Endo-san with Principal and students at Miyanomori
Endo-san Presenting Taylor Trophy to Ms Onodera
Endo-san Presenting Taylor Trophy to Ms Onodera
RMC Sakura Sculpture Dedication
RMC Sakura Sculpture Dedication
RMC Sakura Sculpture Dedication Audience
RMC Sakura Sculpture Dedication Audience
National Cherry Blossom Festival Sakura Sculpture
National Cherry Blossom Festival Sakura Sculpture

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Onagawa ES and MS Taylor Bunko Dedication
Onagawa ES and MS Taylor Bunko Dedication

Dedication of Onagawa ES and MS Taylor Bunko -

TAMF Board Members Ambassador and Mrs. Fujisaki and Mr. and Mrs. Takanarita dedicated the 21st Taylor Anderson Reading Corner at Onagawa Elementary and Middle Schools which was reported by NHK Sendai. You can hear Endo-san, Fujisaki-san and a student in this story. Thank you to the Fujiskai's and Takanarita's for going to Ishinomaki for this dedication and to Endo-san for crafting another beautiful Taylor Bunko! Arigato Gozaimasu!  In addition to the bookshelves, book coupons were given so the school may choose books for the Bunko.  If you’d like to see the NHK Sendai story it can be downloaded from Icloud at https://share.icloud.com/photos/0DZYwNbbP8uKk6rkdpyDV1rSQ.

Dedication of Ohara ES Taylor Bunko -

TAMF Board Members Mr. and Mrs. Fujisaki and Mr. and Mrs. Takanarita dedicated the 22nd Taylor Anderson Reading Corner built by Mr. Endo at Ohara Elementary School in Ishinomaki. Endo-san once again used his creativity to build a unique set of bookshelves tailored to Ohara Elementary School's needs. Two new books were included in the bunko which will be given to the other 21 bunkos as well. "Live Your Dream" contains essays from those involved in TAMF activities over the last ten years. The "Taylor Anderson Story" is a Japanese-English picture book written by Taylor’s mother and translated by a Taylor’s friend, Chiba-san telling the story of Taylor's life so students will learn about why they have a Taylor Bunko in their school.  Arigato Gozaimasu to all involved! The school blog documented the new Taylor Bunko in the link below.  As always, book coupons were part of the donation so that Ohara ES may choose books for the Bunko.

Thank you to Ishinomaki Mayor Kameyama

Mayor Kameyama has been the mayor of Ishinomaki these many years since the disaster.  The Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun on March 25th printed the article that Ambassador and Mrs. Fujisaki of TAMF visited Mayor Kameyama and gifted two books "Live Your Dream" written by TAMF and "The Taylor Anderson Story" by Jeanne Anderson. They met the mayor on March 8th after the presentation ceremony of Taylor Bunko to Ohara Elementary School in Ishinomaki.  

Ten Year TAMF Commemorative Book “Live Your Dream” Published

Japan Forward wrote  about the activities of TAMF and our newly published ten year commemorative book, "Live Your Dream".  

Thank you to NHK World for remembering Taylor and fellow Jet Monty Dickson in the link below. It includes the story of Taylor's student and TAMF 2019 high school exchange chaperone Takahashi-san and one of the high school students from the 2019 exchange, Hirayama-san. It's part of their ten years ten stories series which is so well done.

TAMF support of Ishinomaki Young Student Journalists

An article about TAMF support of Ishinomaki kid journalists in Japan Forward.   Thank you Arielle Busetto for traveling to Ishinomaki and reporting about their newspaper.

Japan Forward Ishinomaki Children Journalists

 Also, Congratulations to the young journalists for winning the Yoshikawa Prize!

https://www.kodansha.co.jp/.../20210302_YoshikawaPrize.pdf

Kokoro Smile Recognized for Helping Children affected by the Disaster

Japan Forward also wrote about Kokoro Smile, an organization that TAMF has supported that helps children regain their smile!

https://japan-forward.com/how-one-npo-brings-back-smiles-for-kids-who-survived-the-3-11-earthquake-and-tsunami/

 

GlobalGiving AirBNB Community Fund Grant

We were honored to hear from GlobalGiving that TAMF is receiving a grant from the GlobalGiving #AirbnbCommunityFund. Thank you to Airbnb and the Airbnb Host community for supporting important community-led organizations.

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons!  Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

Ohara ES Taylor Bunko  Dedication
Ohara ES Taylor Bunko Dedication
Ishinomaki Shinbun Live Your Dream Book Article
Ishinomaki Shinbun Live Your Dream Book Article
Ishinomaki  Hibi Shimbun Article
Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun Article
Onagawa ES and MS Taylor Bunko bookshelves
Onagawa ES and MS Taylor Bunko bookshelves

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Footprints and Footsteps
Footprints and Footsteps

As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami it is a time to reflect and thanks to GlobalGiving, a time to continue our mission with the help of matching donations.

Footprints and Footsteps 3.11 and the Future of Tohoku

This is an online event to look back at the events of March 11, 2011, and efforts to recover and rebuild in the 10 years since. Featuring a number of documentaries focusing on those affected by the disasters arising out of the events of that day, both Japanese and non-Japanese, especially JET Program participants and alumni, we will look back from this ten-year mark to remember what happened, and look at today and tomorrow to get a sense of what has been accomplished and what the future holds.

We are also collecting messages and memories on our Facebook page. We will keep you updated with the latest information about the film screening event.

Host : Japan Local Government Center, NY (CLAIR, NY) / 

Producer : Regge Life, Director of LIVE YOUR DREAM

Organizer: “Footprints and Footsteps 3.11 and the future of Tohoku” Organizing Committee

  • Regge Life, Director of LIVE YOUR DREAM
  • Japan Local Government Center, NY
  • Etsuko Yashiro, President of Japan Festival Boston
  • Rose Tanasugarn, JETAA International (Japan Country Representative)

GlobalGiving Little by Little Campaign

The March 2021 Little by Little Campaign is a five-day crowdfunding campaign taking place from March 8-12. All eligible donations up to $50 per unique donor per organization will be matched at 50% during the campaign, and funds will not run out!

GlobalGiving’s March 2021 Little by Little campaign will last 5 days, from March 8, 2021 at 00:00:00 EST to March 12, 2021 at 23:59:59 EST.

Your donation will help our “Helping Students, Families and Schools Recover” project to continue our programs with Ishinomaki schools and exchange programs.

Monthly Giving Match

GlobalGiving’s 100% Monthly Match is also available for all of 2021. New monthly donations set up during the March 2021 Little by Little campaign will be eligible for both the immediate match, and the one-time 100% match (up to $200) to be received after four monthly payments.

To give from March 8, 2021 at 00:00:00 EST to March 12, 2021 at 23:59:59 EST please go to www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-students-families-and-schools-recover.

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons! Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

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ISU Faculty and Staff Visit to Higashihama ES
ISU Faculty and Staff Visit to Higashihama ES

Higashihama ES Cooking Workshop with TAMF Advisor and Chef

Chiba-san, who is an advisor to TAMF and librarian at Ishinomaki Senshu University, visited Higashihama Elementary School on November 5th, 2020.

They had a cooking workshop with oysters from the sea near the school.

They used recipes from books in their Taylor Bunko. One is Oyster burger and the one is grilled oysters in the shells. They invited a chef in French cuisine, Mr. Fumihiko Sasaki, from Zao town which is in the northeastern part of Miyagi, to have this cooking lesson. Students removed oysters from the shells yesterday.

Please see the photos below of how well the students cooked and enjoyed the time.

They used cooking books recommended by Chiba-san to purchase. She also in a previous visit gave brief English lessons with the cook books. Suzuki-san, the vice principal, tries to expand the students' possibilities in the future by using oysters such as in food processing, food industry, restaurants business and so on in the area where most residents are involved in oyster farming. This encourages the long term recovery of this area that was devastated by the tsunami causing many residents to leave the area because of loss of their jobs and housing.

The film "Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story" is integrated in Higashihana ES education through Taylor Bunko.

Higashihama ES Taylor Bunko Reading Exchange

Chiba-san and Professor Terui of Ishinomaki visited Higashihama elementary school in September to talk about the new oyster cookbooks the school had purchased at Chiba-san’s direction.

It was their fourth time to have an exchange program through Taylor reading corner.

Children sat on the Taylor Bunko bookshelves during the presentation by Professor Terui.

#GivingTuesday Donations Match!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that takes place December 1 this year. And this year GlobalGiving has $1 million in incentive funds (up from $542,000 last year)!  Eligible donations up to $2,500 per donor will count towards earning Incentive Funds.  Funds will be distributed proportionally based on final fundraising totals; every project that activates donors will earn something!

Your donation will help our “Helping Students, Families and Schools Recover” project to continue our programs with Ishinomaki schools and exchange programs.

To give on December 1st (from 00:00:00 ET to 23:59:59 ET) please go to www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-students-families-and-schools-recover.

You can follow the results on December 1st at www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/giving-tuesday-2020/.

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons! Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

Students Learning from Chef
Students Learning from Chef
Students Cooking Oysters with Chef
Students Cooking Oysters with Chef
Oysters and Oysters Cook Books
Oysters and Oysters Cook Books
Students Preparing Oyster Burgers
Students Preparing Oyster Burgers
Oyster Burgers!
Oyster Burgers!

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