While we are facing serious budget woes locally and nationally, Japanese citizens are still reeling from the triple disaster of the earthquake, tsunami, and malfunction of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. Their unknowns are about the basics -- the health and safety of their people as well as that of their air, water, and food supply. Help for immediate relief is still needed before recovery and rebuilding can begin. We are asking you to help your children collect pennies and bring spare change to school. (To answer the question of one of Ms Thomas' students, yes half dollars are welcome.) There will be marked cans in every classroom as well as in the library from now until May 6th. We will give the money the students collect to Give2Asia,* a philanthropy with relationships with organizations in Japan involved in direct relief and recovery. Small coins, like small actions, can build and create new and bigger efforts. Last year, we were able to turn pocket change into over $600 for relief efforts in Haiti. Let's be equally reactive this year!
Thanks for all you are doing to respond to needs locally and abroad and for helping our students develop a sense of service to our global community.
With appreciation, Anne Aronov, Marjorie Stamper-Kurn, and the rest of Peralta's Diversity/Unity Committee
*For more information about Give2Asia, see attachment or go to http://www.give2asia.org/japantsunami-2011