Since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the people of Independence have been concerned about our sister city Higashimurayama. Students at Glendale and Pioneer Ridge have been worried about the students of our sister schools. Higashimurayama schools did not have any structural damage from the earthquake, but the residents have experienced food, electricity and gasoline rationing, interruption of city services, and troubling reports of radiation exposure to the air, water and food supply.
Generous donations have come in from Glendale PTA, friends of the Japanese Sister City Committee, the Alumni of the Student Exchange and many other concerned citizens to the Japan Disaster Fund. The city of Independence will present those funds to student delegates from Higashimurayama who will visit Independence in August. The Japan Disaster Fund is managed by the Truman Heartland Foundation.
The Japanese Sister City Committee members are collecting children size and small and medium Adult t-shirts that have logos from sports, school, work, fund-raising, USA and other English words on them. They will be sent to the Higashimurayama International Friendship Fund to be sold at the festival our Sister City has in the autumn. This is another way of giving that may interest you. If so, contact Sandy Peoples by July 31st at: email@example.com. Shirts can be dropped off at the city hall the 3rd Thursday in June at 7 PM on the north side of the building.