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A spirit of giving

Eight Beaverton-area schools participate in a fundraiser for Japannreath
by: Alana Kansaku-Sarmiento Dan Ehrenfreund leads the members of the Errol Hassell Elementary School choir as they, like every other choir in attendance, sing songs meant to inspire hope for those affected by the tsunami in Japan.

A crowd gathered in the Uwajimaya parking lot on Wednesday, May 18, as the voices of eight different school choirs sang to raise money for Japan in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami.

Hisae Hougardy-Sato, a music teacher at Aloha Huber Park, organized the event which raised more than $1,600. Sato, a native of Hachinohe, Japan, decided to do all she could to help relief efforts when the wave first hit, petitioning schools in the area for support.

The result was a 1½-hour music program from the choirs of Aloha Huber Park, Bonny Slope Elementary, Errol Hassell Elementary, Findley Elementary, Hazeldale Elementary, Kinnaman Elementary, Mt. View Middle School and Vose Elementary. The Elmonica Polynesian Dance Group also put on a special performance for the gathering.

The Mercy Corp and Portland Community College's Japanese program were present at the event. Members of the crowd were able to get their name written in Japanese characters by members of PCC's Japanese program in exchange for a donation.