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Local kids back to school next week

Date Posted: 2002-08-31

As local schools begin their fall semester next week, students are flocking into libraries to research for reference material to complete their assigned holiday homework. It is customary for Japanese schools to assign special study projects that the students are expected to finish during their vacations.

The projects range from nature studies to astronomy and cultural assignments, but any teachers encourage their students to come up with the project themselves. "Homework is naturally every student's duty, but it's better if they find study subjects themselves, concentrating on their own interests," a teacher from Yosemiya Junior High School in Naha City said.

The study projects are called "Free Research" studies, and they can be created around whatever activities students engage in during the vacation. Camping trips, beach combing, oversea home stays, special training camp even part time work are subjects of these studies students prepare reports of.

One of this year's favorites was a baseball camp held under supervision of Yokohama BayStars professional baseball team. During the camp, former Yokohama BayStars manager and Yakult Swallows catcher Akihiko Oya gave advice to over 500 elementary school boys and girls. The one-day camp was held Aug. 25 in Ginowan Kaihin Park.

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