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Trip to Japan from the Bronx

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Raised by 145 people in 6 months
I teach in the Bronx and I would like your help.  My name is Emi Yamasaki, and I was born in a small rural village in Japan.  When I was a child, I could not imagine a life outside other than being a farmer in my village.  At 16, my teachers took me to visit the United States for two weeks -- and that experience gave me the ability to envision a life different than my own.  Many of my Bronx students have the identical experience in reverse-- they can’t imagine life outside of the borough they’ve spent their entire lives in, many not going far beyond their immediate neighborhoods.

At Bronx Collaborative we started a rarity-- a three-year Japanese program in the Bronx.  Talented, smart, and hard working students studying Japanese now have a travel opportunity abroad, but which we can’t fully afford.  Don’t they deserve the same chance to broaden their horizons and develop new dreams beyond their current imaginations through experiencing a ten-day foreign study-stay in Japan first hand?  

During the trip, students will immerse themselves in Japanese life, especially through a homestay with a Japanese farming family and attending school.  Many of the students who have never left the urban space of the Bronx will enjoy farming for the first time in their life, living with a family, attending school, and, together with their Japanese peers, seeing many of the most important cultural sites in Japan.

This will allow the students, who have been studying Japanese language and culture at home, to bring their studies to life by creating a self-designed research project mixing observing Japanese culture more carefully and interact with Japanese people more actively -- and result in a product they can share with their many classmates who cannot join the trip.

Unfortunately, the cost of this international trip is far beyond the budgets of my students and most public schools.  Over 82% of Bronx Collaborative students qualify for free or reduced price lunches (live below the poverty line), making it a Title 1 school and Bronx, New York contains some of the poorest congressional districts in the United States. Although my school has a focus on experiential learning and uses its Title 1 funds on many valuable grade-wide trips, the expense and range of this trip for select classes means that the school can not completely fund it without your help.

The school has worked hard to keep down costs.  Examples include homestays where we save the cost of a hotel and staying at another school’s dormitory.  However, Japan is an expensive country to visit, and the cost per student is approximately $3,500.  Unavoidable costs such as airfare (approximately $2,000) or the cost of meals not eaten with host families are currently making this trip out of reach for my students.  Since we are bringing 15 students and 3 chaperones, the total cost for the trip will be around: $ 45,000.

Although the school is subsidizing and students are working hard at fundraising it is not realistic to raise this large amount of money all on their own.  The students very much appreciate any help you can give them to fulfill their short term dream -- to immerse themselves in Japanese culture -- and help them develop new dreams beyond their imaginations!  Doumo Arigatou Gozaimasu (Thank you very much)!!!!!
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Dear Everyone,
Our dream came true! We just got back from the most wonderful trip to Japan. We have been dreaming about this for a long time. We have been working so hard everyday since winter, when our fundraising activities started. It honestly was an eye opening trip for all of my students, which I believe will change their life. They loved all people and culture in Japan, and they are thinking about going back to Japan in their future.
Thank you again for all your support. You helped this amazing trip to happen. You made the change to their life. I cannot thank you enough.
Please enjoy collections of photos at bxchs_international on Instagram.
Love,
E. Yamasaki, D. Katz, and C. Kinney
AND 13 Bronx Collaborative High School 2018 Japan trip members
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親愛なる皆さまへ
とうとう日本に行けることになりました。
生徒たちは 東京と和歌山のホストファミリーでホームステイさせていただき、学校訪問や、クラブ活動、農業活動、観光など、盛りだくさんの計画を立てています。自由学園の矢野先生、箕島高校の松下教頭先生と 有田国際関係部の山崎さん、色々計画いただきまして、ありがとうございました。
生徒たちは人生観が変わるような、素晴らしい体験をすることでしょう。
ご協力していただきました皆様のおかげです。皆さまのご寄付、募金活動協力、そして呼びかけのおかげで、今日目標の10000ドル達成できました。本当に心から感謝いたしております。
私にとって初めての募金活動だったので、まだ信じられません。この日のことは 絶対に忘れません。
生徒たちは 毎日わくわくと 一生懸命勉強しています。ご家族の方々も、喜んでいます。少し心配もしているし、ちょっとうらやましく思っているようです。
先生方や、保護者の方々、(そして関係ない人たちも)たくさんの方々が引率者として立候補してくれています。笑
世の中の人々には こんなに心の広い人々がいるのだなあ、と、感動しています。
生徒たちも皆様にしていただいたことを きっと一生忘れずに、そして、また大人になったら同じように誰かに手を差し伸べながら生きていってくれると信じています。皆さまがお手本です。

"it takes a village" and all of you are our village.
Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts.
ARIGATOO GOZAIMASHITA!

心から、本当にありがとうございました。
LOVE
D Katz, C Kinney, and E Yamasaki
All Japan Trip Members and their family members
キャッツ、キニー、山﨑と 旅行メンバーの一同、および家族一同より 愛をこめて。
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Dear Everyone,
We are so excited to announce that our trip to Japan will happen!!!
My students will stay with 3 families total in Tokyo and Wakayama, go to schools, experience club activities, try farming in rice paddies, and go sight seeing. They will have an amazing life changing trip.
You made this dream trip to happen. Your contributions have just made our goal of 10000 dollars on this campaign. I would like to say thank you to all the donors, supporters, and people who shared this campaign to people all over the world. I cannot believe that we made it! (This was my first fundraising activity ever... and I am so happy! I will never forget about this moment.)
Our students are excited and they are extremely motivated to study harder. Their parents, guardians, and family members are also excited, but a little nervous, and a little jealous. Many other people including teachers and parents have offered to be a chaperones. (Many people want to go with us!)
We cannot believe how generous everyone is and how "it takes a village" and all of you are our village.
Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts.
ARIGATOO GOZAIMASHITA!
LOVE
D Katz, C Kinney, and E Yamasaki
All Japan Trip Members and their family members
A Student's hand made bracelet for sale!
Our article on Shuukan NY Seikatsu
These are for sale.. can we try one?
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We had another parent teacher conference day bake sale. We sold brownies, cookies, granola bars, snacks, and many many onigiri rice balls. The most popular flavor was salted salmon rice balls, and noritama furikake rice balls.
懇談会ベークセールでは、ブラウニーや、クッキー、グラノラバーやスナック、そして目玉商品は、おにぎり。一番人気は、鮭フレークとのりたまふりかけおにぎりでした!
Parent Teacher Conference Day Bake Sale
Hai cheeeeez.
Many items donated and baked for sale.
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Raised by 145 people in 6 months
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