Help Students, Families and Schools Recover

by The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund
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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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Ishinomaki Kahoku Article "Beyond the Brokeness"
Ishinomaki Kahoku Article "Beyond the Brokeness"

The TAMF Board had a Zoom board meeting in June and approved projects for the upcoming year which we will report as implemented!  

Three New Taylor Bunkos

We are excited to announce that three new Taylor Bunkos will be built by Endo-san for Onagawa Elementary School, Onagawa Middle School and Ohara Elementary School. This will bring the total number to 23.

 Randolph-Macon Students Produce “Beyond the Brokeness”

Randolph-Macon College (RMC, Taylor’s Alma Mater) and Ishinomaki Senshu University have an International Exchange Agreement. RMC students visited Ishinomaki last June and interviewed Ishinomaki residents. The 37-minute-long English speaking movie "Beyond the Brokenness" depicts the beautifulness in Japan and Japanese which students found in the area. This film was created in RMC's theater class. Fourteen students appear. They interviewed eleven people including a bereaved family, ISU, and other Ishinomaki residents. Scenes of clouds and waves are inserted. Three RMC faculty and students interviewed. 

They originally planned to act this story on the stage but had to change due to COVID-19. They want to perform the production on stage after the current situation. 

Yuki, a senior at ISU, visited RMC in 2018. He comments "They are not the disaster victim, but try to understand our experience. So kind. Thank you"

You can view the video production at this link:

https://www.rmc.edu/news-and-calendar/news-stories/2020/05/15/beyond-the-brokenness-(video)

The Ishinomaki section of the Kahoku Shimpo, the largest newspaper in the Miyagi prefecture, carried this story:

https://sp.kahoku.co.jp/special/spe1000/20200623_17.html?fbclid=IwAR16DG5mQ021ArBERHkcBixNPCB3oJZPOQyNXVSztcp-cqs1q7exRPsacd4 

Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) Library Video

ISU has produced a video about their library for prospective students that includes the Taylor Anderson Reading Corner or Taylor Bunko.  Naomi, the librarian in the video, wrote the book "A Gift from Taylor" which tells the story to students of why there are Taylor bunkos in their schools.  A copy of the book is in each of the 20 Taylor bunkos.  Well done Naomi and thank you! https://youtu.be/JGh84902hUA

TBS Television Stories about TAMF Activities

TBS aired two stories in Japan about one of Taylor’s students.  Eriko was in 5th grade at Kezuma ES in 2011.  The Anderson family visited her school in 2013 to dedicate a Taylor bunko. She now studies English at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. She says many students loved learning from Taylor and she speaks English fluently. Her school "happens to " be related to Taylor's Randolph-Macon College (RMC). Those two are sister schools, which Eriko didn't know when she applied for the program to visit RMC. Eriko visited RMC in March and met Taylor’s parents and was able to share her story in English with them.  We were unable to supply the links at that time, but have them now in the links below.  We just heard from the reporter that she has recently met with Eriko and Eriko reports she has gotten into the habit of reading books! 

The TBS reporter has since met with Endo-san, TAMF Advisor and Taylor Bunko bookshelf maker, and will share his story in a half hour special on Sept 21st.

https://youtu.be/CMQCbe4LmSY

https://youtu.be/rRIBa54Eps0

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Ayukawa ES Taylor Bunko Presentation
Ayukawa ES Taylor Bunko Presentation

Three New Taylor Bunkos

In February A whale shaped Taylor bunko made by Endo-san was presented to Ayukawa ES in Ishinomaki by Co-Chair Ichiro Fujisaki and Jason Hyland of MGM. This was the 18th Taylor Bunko built by Endo-san and each is different and designed for that school. The school was presented with book coupons to buy books of their choice. It also comes with the book by Naomi Chiba "A Gift from Taylor" which tells the story in Japanese and English to students of why the Taylor Bunkos were created. 

In March a Taylor bunko made by Endo-san was presented to Oshika Junior High in Ishinomaki by TAMF Advisor Shinichi Endo. This was the 19th Taylor Bunko built by Endo-san and each is different and designed for that school. The school was presented with book coupons to buy books of their choice. The Principal, Vice-Principal and teachers are shown in the pictures with Endo-san . We are so fortunate to have Endo-san's creative ability and craftsmanship as are the schools and students! 

Ayukawa elementary school and Oshika junior high school are located in Ayukawa at the tip of the Oshika peninsula. A tourist facility was established in October. In April, there will be open a whale land (Whale Museum). It is hoped that people will visit and the tourist industry will also help the Oshika peninsula to become popular and recover. 

The 20th Taylor Bunko was presented to Kitakami elementary school in Ishinomaki in April where classes in the new school building have recently begun. The Kitakami area was severely damaged by the tsunami so the population has decreased. There used to be three elementary schools in this area, but two of the three were completely destroyed. The new Kitakami Elementary School took the place of the three schools. Fund advisor and bookshelf maker Endo-san tells us, "Each of the bookshelf's design is symbolic of particular characteristics in each area." As always, they were designed with the input of the school. Endo-san also presented book coupons to the school principal so they can fill the bookshelves with books!

 Taylor Trophy Presented to Ishinomaki English Speech Contest Winner

This year’s speech contest winner was won by Risako, a ninth grader from Yamoto Middle School.   The wooden trophy was made by Endo-san.

 NHK and TBS Television Stories about TAMF Activities

“American tsunami victim's legacy lives on “ - An inspirational NHK World and NHK Story about Ayaka, a Taylor Scholarship graduate from the Sendai YMCA College who lives her dream after her loss of her mother in the tsunami. The story also tells of programs at Randolph-Macon College, Taylor's alma mater. There are links to video and digital story below.

TBS aired a story in Japan about one of Taylor’s students. Eriko was in 5th grade at Kezuma ES in 2011. The Anderson family visited her school in 2013 to dedicate a Taylor bunko. She remembers Taylor fondly and now studies English at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. She says many students loved learning from Taylor and she speaks English fluently. Her school "happens to " be related to Taylor's Randolph-Macon College (RMC). Those two are sister schools, which Eriko didn't know when she applied for the program to visit RMC. Eriko visited RMC in March and met Taylor’s parents and was able to share her story in English with them. Unfortunately the link has expired, but the story was also published by the Asahi Shimbun and is shown in the photo links.

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Ayukawa ES Taylor Bunko Newspaper Article
Ayukawa ES Taylor Bunko Newspaper Article
Oshika JH Taylor Bunko - Endo-san and Principal
Oshika JH Taylor Bunko - Endo-san and Principal
Oshika JH Taylor Bunko Presentation
Oshika JH Taylor Bunko Presentation
Kitakami ES teachers with Endo-San
Kitakami ES teachers with Endo-San
Endo-San and Kitakami ES Principal
Endo-San and Kitakami ES Principal
Taylor's Student Eriko Visits RMC
Taylor's Student Eriko Visits RMC
Taylor Trophy Winner Risako
Taylor Trophy Winner Risako

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Endo-san Presents Taylor Bunko to Higashihama ES
Endo-san Presents Taylor Bunko to Higashihama ES

Two New Taylor Bunkos

The 14th and 15th Taylor Bunkos made by Endo-san were installed at Higashihama Elementary School and Onigohama Junior High in Ishinomaki.  In addition to Endo-san being the craftsman who has made and installed all the Taylor Bunko’s, TAMF is fortunate to have him as advisor To TAMF.  

We heard from the vice-principal at Higashihama ES that the bookshelves are divided into six so it can be transformed into various shapes. The atmosphere changes as the location changes.  Each school received money to buy books and Higashihama will decide which English books to buy with the advice of Chiba-san of Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) Library.  ISU also has a Taylor Bunko.   We received thank you letters from the students.

The Higashihama area is a fishing industry area in the center of the Oshika peninsula. Some people left Higashihama area after the Great east Japan earthquake. Now they live in Watanoha area, about 20 km away. From the Watanoha area, it takes about 30 minutes by car to arrive Higashihama. The number of people living in Oginohama and Momonoura, near Oginohama junior high school, has fallen dramatically because of the destruction of the area from the 2011 tsunami.  Currently, construction workers are working on roads, waterways, and seawalls and it is a few years away from completion to once again be a place to support a family.  If young people are interested in fishing industry, and there are working places such as fish processing plants, restaurants, and tourist facilities nearby, more people will live in the area and visit it. 

Ayukawa elementary school and Oshika junior high school are located in Ayukawa at the tip of the Oshika peninsula. A tourist facility was established in October. In April, there will be open a whale land (Whale Museum). It is hoped that people will visit and the tourist industry will also help the Oshika peninsula to become popular and recover.

Taylor Bunko Collaboration to Better Education

On the 12th of December, there was a meeting of vice principals to discuss ways to improve the use of their Taylor Bunko’s  in the education of their students. The vice principals of Mangokuura, Watanoha, Minato, and Kazuma elementary schools, and Mangokuura, Watanoha, Minato, and Maginohama junior high schools participated.

Sharing Taylor Bunko’s in the Ishinomaki Community

The vice principal of Hagashihama ES wanted people to know about Taylor’s wish and Taylor Bunko.  He set up two stores displays including the book written by Chiba-san "A Gift from Taylor".One is “Kazamidori”, which Taylor liked in Hiyoriyama, Ishinomaki. The other is coffee shop “Ishikawa”. This shop has a counter made by Endo-san.  Next to the book is a photo of Taylor Bunko at Higashihama Elementary School. 

City of Ishinomaki Appreciation Letter to TAMF

TAMF has given English books as "a gift from Taylor Bunko" to all 33 elementary schools in ishinomaki city from the last year.  Takanarita-san, Executive Director of TAMF, met with Mr. Hiroshi Kameyama, mayor of Ishinomaki, who presented a letter of appreciation to TAMF. We appreciate the willingness of the City of Ishinomaki to work with us as we continue to fulfill our mission.  We have been very fortunate to have had Takanarita-san, who arranged for the first Taylor Bunko at Mangokuura ES in September, 2011 and all since, with the help of the mayor and Endo-san, to be able to continue our support of Ishinomaki students, families and schools.

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 and students enjoy new Taylor Bunko!
Endo-san and students enjoy new Taylor Bunko!
Higashihama ES Taylor Bunko Bulletin Board
Higashihama ES Taylor Bunko Bulletin Board
Onigohama JH Taylor Bunko Full or Books!
Onigohama JH Taylor Bunko Full or Books!
"A Gift From Taylor" Display at Kazamidori Cafe
"A Gift From Taylor" Display at Kazamidori Cafe
Ishinomaki Mayor Present Appreciation Letter
Ishinomaki Mayor Present Appreciation Letter

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