Thursday April 21, 2011
April 15, the TIE program sent its sister school, Futaba High School, with whom we have exchanged students, teachers and administrators for the last 14 years, a donation of $3000 for disaster relief. These donations came from student groups such as the Chamberlin School penny drop, FTHMS and the South Burlington High School Coalition for Community Service Fundraisers as well as South Burlington faculty, staff and community member donations. This is what we said in our accompanying letter to the principal of Futaba High School, Mr. Yashurio Yoshino.
On behalf of the South Burlington Community, The International Experience Exchange Program (TIE) offers our most sincere condolences for the terrible disaster Japan has suffered. Please extend to our brothers and sisters in the Futaba High School community and beyond our warm healing thoughts and prayers. We have felt so helpless watching all of this unfold, yet have been so proud of how you have handled it. We are in awe, as we watch your organized, respectful, peaceful and very caring manner with which you continue to deal with this monstrous catastrophe.
Our students, staff and community members have thought of you every day since the earth quake and Tsunami. Many have wanted to help, therefore TIE Ann Sorrell organized fundraising to be used to help people heal and have peaceful, normal lives.
SBHS is enthusiastically looking forward to our next student exchange with Futaba High School in the spring of 2012. By that time, things should be more settled, and travel plans should be arranged and permissible. We have begun the process of selecting SBHS students to host Futaba High School students and teachers for the Futaba students’ sojourn 3/24/12 through 4/4/12. Our SBHS students and two chaperones, Lissa McDonald (assistant principal of SBHS) and husband, Joe McDonald, (head football coach and P.E. teacher of SBHS) will go to Futaba High School June 1 through 11, 2012.
The SB Community looks forward to a long and meaningful relationship with Futaba High School and to the many faculty and student exchanges which will take place in the future between our two schools. Please be assured that we shall continue to offer you our friendship and support.
If anyone would like to make a donation to the Japanese Relief Fund, please make the check out to SBHS-TIE and send it to SBHS (Ann Sorrell) 550 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403.
SOURCE: Ann J. Sorrell, World Languages CAS, (TIE) Coordinator, SB Schools