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Organizations sponsor May LMS Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events

Date Posted: 2012-05-12

The American Chamber of Commerce Okinawa and the Personal Service Center on Camp Foster were quick to answer the call to support Lester Middle Schoolís Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAH) celebratory events this month.

The ACCO is sponsoring essay, poetry, video and art contests for LMS students. Businesses who are members of the ACCO Education Committee will provide judges and awards to the winners of each contest. Additionally, the ACCO has coordinated with the American Consulate in Naha to invite Japanese students from Okinawa Shogaku Junior High School and Busy Bee International Elementary School to submit entries as well.

The LMS after school Craft Club brought in guest artist Atsuko Kinjo of the Personal Service Center on Camp Foster. Ms. Kinjo taught students how to make origami paper clip necklaces and gift boxes for Motherís Day. She will return with another after school cultural workshop on May 16th. The director of Busy Bee International Elementary School, Ms. Sachiko Arakaki, and Educational Director, Mr. Michael Martin, took 22 of their Eisa dance performers to LMS on Monday. These same students will also perform during the LMS Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Assembly on May 31st.

Tony Sakuda, the President of the ACCO, and Mike Holland, ACCO Education Committee Chairman, will attend the LMS Asian Pacific American Heritage Month assembly to present awards to the contest winners.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in May to commemorate the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans, the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. and the completion of the transcontinental railroad which was constructed by Chinese immigrants. In addition to celebrating Golden Week, May is also important to Okinawa and Japan as it is anniversary of the Okinawa Reversion of 1972 and the gift of 3,020 cherry trees from Japan to the U.S.

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