Konichiwa! (Hello!) The students and teachers on the OPRF High Sschool Japanese Language Exchange Program would like to thank the community of Oak Park and River Forest for supporting us and helping to fund our trip to Japan this summer. From June 15 to July 2, 26 OPRF students in their second and third year of taking Japanese, as well three teachers, are traveling to Japan. 

Every other year, Sensei Yoko Schmadeke takes a select number of students to Japan. We will experience a home stay in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan and take a field trip to Tokyo where we will explore the city and visit temples, the Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo Tower. 

To help fund our trip this year, we sold homemade baked goods at the Farmers Market on Saturday, June 7. With the community’s help, we raised over $800. This money will help us visit museums and the observation deck at the Tokyo Tower, as well as providing emergency money. 

For many of us, this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but every one of us is very excited and thankful. All 26 of the students became very close while preparing for presentations and making plans and hanging out together. We were a family within our class, but now all 29 of us, as well as our families, are very close. Not many schools offer Japanese as a language, but we are very fortunate that OPRF does. We hope that the Japanese Program will continue to grow and you will continue to support us. 

Arigatoo gozaimasu! (Thank you!) 

Dawn Fogle Deaton 

Students and teachers of the OPRF 2014 Japan Exchange 

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