Japanese students at Woodbridge High School in Irvine hold a bake sale to raise money for Japan disaster relief.
















IRVINE – The Woodbridge High School Japanese Parent Group is holding a Parking Lot Sale for Japan Disaster Relief on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the high school, located at 2 Meadowbrook, Irvine.

The sale will include used and new household items, toys, books, clothing, handmade goods, bags, and sporting goods. A bake sale will have an array of baked goods, coffee, Japanese tea, and lemonade.

The main goal of the Woodbridge High School Japanese Parent Group is assist Japanese students and their parents adjust to high school life and have the parents involved with school activities. The group is the only one in the Irvine Unified School District for Japanese families. WHS has the largest Japanese student population in the district. There are approximately 100 Japanese students at Woodbridge who are here for a short period of time due to their fathers’ work.

In September 2011, the Japanese Student Club was formed and the two groups have worked together to help raise money for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. They currently have over 40 members. The two groups have organized bake sales and car washes, raising more than $7,300 for Japan disaster relief.

This effort was possible because of Team Kids, an Irvine-based non-profit organization. In conjunction with Team Kids, the groups have sent over $43,000 to help victims of the disasters.

The first anniversary of 3/11 is just around the corner. News of the earthquake has disappeared from television news and the horrifying images have faded from everyone’s minds. The Japanese Parent Group is organizing the Parking Lot Sale in order to keep the community aware that Japan still needs help.

For more information, contact Hiroko Kondo at hirokon@cox.net.

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