Forty-six local kids attended this year's Kaneko Day Camp (KDC) in August and it was a big success! KDC is a 4-day cultural camp put on by students in the American Studies Program at Willamette University and TIUA. They serve as the camp counselors and teachers. They spend many hours planning the class content and activities and creating the necessary accompanying materials. The hallways were decorated, as well as the various classrooms. The camp started August 5 with check-in and soon all the campers had met their teachers and were having fun getting to know about Japan. There were classes in origami, songs, games, language, calligraphy, and dance.
On Thursday, the last day of camp, parents and other family members came to walk visit the classrooms to see the work that the campers had done, enjoy bento lunches, and watch the campers perform a dance and some taiko drumming.
Click here to see a photo gallery from the camp!
The ASP students who will be participating in the TaB (Take-A-Break) alternative summer break program held a free car wash to raise funds for the three different trips this July. For many students, this typical American fundraiser was a new experience for them. The car wash was held in the front parking at TIUA, 1300 Mill Street SE, Salem. Donations were happily accepted and will be used to help cover expense for the students as they have a chance to experience some opportunities not available during the school year.
The mission of the TaB program is to expose students to complex social and cultural issues through direct service, experiential learning, group discussion, and individual reflection. The program's emphasis is on working in conjunction with local and regional volunteer and community agencies that focus on a variety of issues. Students are encouraged to examine their own perspectives and world views in relation to their experiences on their TaB project. This year we have three TaB programs scheduled:; ; and.
The Japan Fundraising Group recently held a Great Tohoku Earthquake Symposium on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in the Kaneko Commons Auditorium. The symposium line-up included: basic information about the earthquake/tsunami in 2011; present conditions in the Tohoku region; updates on the Fukushima nuclear power plant; Fukushima Voice website information; and a report by a current ASP student who volunteered in the area. There was a Q&A period, as well as refreshments. The group sold support bracelets. The event is free.
The Japan Fundraising Group is a group of American Studies Program students who are interested in helping with earthquake and disaster relief in the Tohoku area.
To see some photos from the event, click here.