April 12, 2011
As a community that not only aligns with love and charity but also represents various nationalities, YCIS Shanghai responded wholeheartedly to the earthquake that hit Japan in March. From ECE through Secondary level, activities were planned by teachers and students alike to fundraise for those who have lost their homes in the disaster.
In addition to participating in the international Wear Red & White Day, the Pudong campuses went one step further to encourage staff and students to wear apparel that is “Made in Japan” as a sign of remembrance. During the rest of the week, students worked tirelessly to raise funds through food sales, a silent art auction, a raffle draw, and with events already taking place at school, such as Battle of the Bands, Earth Hour, and theatrical productions. Part of the weekly assembly was devoted to writing students’ thoughts and well wishes on coloured paper then folding them into origami cranes, which are given to others for peace and prosperity. The cranes have become part of a memorial display in the library, dedicated to the victims of the earthquake.
All donations raised from the events were handed over to Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan), which provides emergency assistance for victims of natural disasters or conflicts.