Created on Friday, 22 April 2011 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
The fundraising efforts of students and staff of Benjamin Logan Local School’s Japanese National Honor Society, Japanese Program, Middle School Builder’s Club, and high school library resulted in a $2,867 donation to the American Red Cross for earthquake and tsunami relief for Japan. Led by staff members Dai Yamamoto and Cheryl Chamberlain, students set up donation boxes at the elementary school, middle school, high school, central office, and Tokyo Grill, the local Japanese restaurant for two weeks. Students at the high school staffed donation tables during lunch, where donations of a dollar or more were exchanged for an origami heart. On the heart, the donor wrote his or her name, and then the hearts were posted onto an origami mural. At the middle school, students from the Builder’s Club and the Japanese program volunteered their lunch time to collect donations. Donors' names were written on a small card praising their show of support for Japan and these cards were posted in the commons area. Shown in the photo from left to right are: Dai Yamamoto, Japanese Instructor, Red Cross directors Carol Baird and Sheri Timmers, and students Tori England, Katelynn Newland, Darien King and Laura Dappert.