Tohoku Team

As a member of the Tohoku Team, I participated in meetings which were held on Tuesdays during lunch time in order to plan events and discuss about ideas that could be used during fundraising events. This year was the very first time I joined the Tohoku Team and I enjoyed it very much. I learnt how important it was to support the people who were devastated by the Tohoku disaster and I felt strongly that friendship and support was essential to encourage the people to be strong and fight back against the terrible disaster. Although it took a lot of effort and time to prepare for all of the fund-raising events, I think it really payed off and the wonderful feeling I feel when we are able to raise a lot of money in order to support the people is really worth it.

Recently, I helped transfer all of the books to the storage room for the International Kids Day that was held today. There were so many books, it took a whole week to transfer all of the books! I worked for about 15 minutes every morning before advisory and in total, I worked for about 1.5 hours.

I really enjoyed working as a member of the Tohoku Team and I am looking forward to helping out again.

Don't Give Up, Tohoku!!

Don’t Give Up, Tohoku!!

International Kids Day

On May 24th, the 3rd Interntional Kids Day was held from 10:00~16:00 at Kobe Fashion Mart. During the event, international schools from all over Japan including CA hosted events and the event was very exciting! There were international food booths and we were able to enjoy cuisines from all around the world! I loved the Mexican tacos, takoyaki and cold, refreshing kakigori!!

International Kids Day!!

International Kids Day!!

One of the booths CA hosted was the garage sale and we sold books for 200 yen each that were donated by CA students, teachers and parents. During the book sale, I sorted the books neatly, helped the customers choose books and helped them when they wanted to know something. There was a huge variety of books and although the books were very cheap, there were a lot of really interesting books and I bought four books for 500 yen after the discount! From 11:00~12:50, I worked for about 2 hours. As soon as I finished my duty, I ran to the food booths and grabbed a tacos and takoyaki. After working for 2 hours, I was very hungry and so I devoured it in a few minutes!

After that, I continued on to work for about 2 hours in the cupcake booth from 13:05~15:00. I helped the little kids choose their toppings and decorate their cupcakes. It was very enjoyable as I felt really good when they had big smiles on their faces when they finished decorating their toppings. There was a variety of toppings they were able to put on their cupcakes. There were hershey chocolate chips, colourful jelly beans, kisses, marshmallows, sprinkles, oreo cookies and m&ms. The cupcakes looked so yummy and I loved helping out at the booth.

Overall, I worked for 4 hours during the International Kids Day and I felt really good to know that a lot of schools were supporting the Tohoku people and it was great as I had a lot of fun!

MS Instrumental Spring Concert Bake Sale

On Friday May 23rd, the MS Instrumental Spring Concert was held. Before the concert and during the intermission, the Tohoku Team sold baked goods for 1oo yen each. I baked ten cupcakes, including five plain cupackes and five cupcakes with chocolate chips. In order to make the plain cupcakes, I had to make the base first. I mixed flour, egg and milk with a whisk for about 10 minutes. Then, I made the creamy butter by melting the butter, mixing it with milk and putting a bit of sugar intil it was sweet and creamy, which took about 30 minutes. Then, I mixed the base and the butter and stirred it with the whisk for another 10 minutes. Then, pouring all of the mixture neatly in the cup took 1o minutes. While the plain cupcakes were baking in the oven, I made the chocolate cupcakes. I repeated the process again but added the small chocolate chips which took and additional 10 more minutes. When the cupcakes were done and just right, I packaged them neatly and put cute, Japanese stickers on which took approximately 20 minutes. Therefore in total, I took approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. When the bake sale was over, all of the goods were sold and I was very glad. Baking the goods were enjoyable and I felt very good inside to be able to help the people in Tohoku.

Yummy Cupcakes!!!

Yummy Cupcakes!!!

Tohoku Kick N’ Jam Bake Sale

On April 27th (Sun.), The Tohoku Kick N’ Jam was held to raise money for the people who were affected by the Tohoku Disaster. During the event, the Tohoku Team sold goods such as popcorn, drinks, ice-cream, baked goods, hot dogs and burritos. Also, the concert band played several pieces including “Beyond the Sea” by Charles Trenet. For the bake sale, I made twisted sugar donuts. In order to make it, it took approximately 2 hours. First, I made melted butter by melting the butter, mixing it with milk and putting a bit of sugar so it was soft and creamy. That took 20 minutes. Then, I mixed cream, butter and sugar in a large bowl until it was light and fluffy.  That took about 15 minutes. Then, I beat in egg and milk which took 10 minutes. Then, I combined flour and baking powder and gradually added it to the creamed mixture I made and mixed it well. That took about 20 minutes. When the dough was done, I seperated it into small portions and twisted each one so it would be twisted donuts. It was very challenging as the shape of it had to be appealing and I kept on failing at first. However, after i tried and tried, I succeeded. I then did the same to the other nine portions. Twisting all of the donuts took about 40 minutes. While the donuts were baking in the oven, I prepared the wrapping. When the donuts were done baking, I wrapped it and decorated it with stickers. That took 20 minutes. Therefore, the baking portion of the Kick N’ Jam took approximately 2 hours. For the selling portion of the Kick N’ Jam, I worked for about 6 hours. I arrived at 09:30 to set up the stalls and prepare for the bake sale. I organized the goods and prepared to sell the goods to the customers. As some people could not come, I helped out more than I was expecting to help. I worked from 09:30 to 15:30. However, I went to the cafeteria for 30 minutes to listen to the concert band and the singers. Therefore, I worked for about 5 and a half hours during the bake sale.

Selling the goods at the Kick N' Jam!!

Selling the goods at the Kick N’ Jam!!

In total including the baking and selling portion, I worked for approximately 7 and a half hours. Although helping out for the Tohoku Kick N’ Jam took a lot of time and effort, it really felt good to help and I felt it was my duty to help the people who were devastated by the Tsunami. Therefore, I really enjoyed it and I think it it was a wonderful opportunity to help the people.

Tohoku Kick N' Jam- Twisted Donuts!!

Tohoku Kick N’ Jam- Twisted Donuts!!