Elementary school graduates donate backpacks
Due to the accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, about 1900 people are staying in one of the shelters in Koriyama city, Fukushima. Many of the elementary schoolchildren among them do not have the backpacks with them. This spring’s new elementary school graduates donated their backpacks to these kid-evacuees. Five graduates visited with about 180 donated backpacks and presented them to the children at the shelter. One of the graduate said, “We made a special effort to polished our packs, please take good care of them,” and handed them to 6 children representatives at the shelter. Learning that the graduates took time to polish the packs, one boy from Tomioka town said, “I left mine back at the elementary school, so I’m very happy. I’ll treasure it.” A new junior high school student who presented the backpack said, “I donated mine because I wanted to give some support for the people who affected by the disaster. I also want to give some stationary the next time.” The school backpacks will be given to elementary schoolchildren at other shelters in Tomioka town and Kawamura village later on.
In Japan, the new school year starts in spring, and elementary schoolschildren have special backpacks called “randosel" which has its word origin from the Dutch word "ransel" meaning backpack.