The Fourth Estate
Students Raise Funds for JapanMonday, May 23, 2011 By JESSIE DUSEBOUT
In response to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake, countless aftershocks, and tsunami that haunted Japan on March 11, Laguna Blanca students have stepped in to aid the countless number of victims to the disasters. Students Spencer Dusebout, Jack Davies, Jessie Dusebout, and Samantha Schurmer are leaders of a non-profit organization called Hands4others. Hands4others (H40) is an organization dedicated to providing sustainable access to clean, drinkable water for those in need. In order to raise the funds to install water systems in Japan, senior and cofounder Spencer Dusebout proposed a challenge for the high school students. Each student received a water bottle with instructions to fill it up with spare change and return it to their class bin at school. The fund-raising was turned into a competition between the classes and faculty. Thanks to the Laguna Blanca Upper School students and other donors H40 has been able to send a water system to Japan. Along with H40, Middle School students stepped up to support the people affected by the recent natural disasters in Japan. Magistra Anderson’s advisory held an ice cream sundae sale with all proceeds going towards Japan relief. Mr. Uyesaka’s advisory raised funds by selling treats at a bake sale. Additionally, his advisees placed donation boxes in the library and faculty room. There are countless charities providing relief to the recovering families in Japan; and Laguna students have aided in fulfilling their purposes of helping those in need.