Bay Area Language School to Hold Charity Event

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PLEASANTON, Alameda County — Concerned parents at an East Bay Japanese language school plan to hold a charity event to raise money for earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

“KA-E-RU” will take place, rain or shine, at Sakura Gakuen Japanese Language School, 6650 Owens Dr. in Pleasanton, on Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Attendees can enjoy tasty Japanese treats, try their luck in a raffle for a pair of roundtrip airline tickets to Asia, or stroll around the rummage sale to find some hidden treasures at great bargains, while helping a good cause. 100 percent of the money raised will be donated directly to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund established by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC).

“One person can help some, but when we all get together, we can do a lot more for the victims of the recent massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan,” said Maiko Miley Douglass, one of the lead parent organizers.

The word “kaeru” represents many meanings in Japanese. As a noun, it means “frog,” which always jumps forward. As a verb, it stands for going back to where you belong, thinking back on memories, and returning favors.

“Some students and families at Sakura Gakuen are from the severely hit Tohoku region.  Although there was a sense of devastation at first, we felt a strong desire to band together and provide the survivors with a sense of hope,” explained Douglass.

Sakura Gakuen’s students are very excited about the upcoming benefit and have helped spread the word to their families, friends, and schools.  During their spare time, they have been helping parents collect donated items.

As fifth-grader Mya Ridgway said, “I am asking my friends at school to come out and help create hope and cheer through ‘KA-E-RU!’ ”

For more information, contact Douglass at (510) 579-3381 or [email protected]

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