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PoH #45: Komagamine Elementary School

Playground of Hope #45

Address: 979-2611 Fukushima-ken, Soma, Shinchimachi, Komagamine Shinchimachimae 52

Installation date: September 5th, 2015

Sponsor: Societe Generale, Hilton Tokyo Bay, Lycee French International School, Eyes for Fukushima

Background:

Although the school is not far from the coast, Komagamine Elementary School was protected by the tsunami by an electrical power plant in the area that took the majority of the hit. 220 lives were lost in Shinchimachi on that day. The school has grown in size due to a large number of families from neighboring areas of Fukushima moving to the town. Recently, the town has noticed an increase in the weight of the children in the area due to stress and less time spent outdoors playing.

Thanks to the wonderful support of our sponsors and the efficient work of the volunteers, PoH was able to install our largest play set in one day. We also had a great opening event with the children at the school. A student representative shared a great speech with everyone.

“みなさん、このたびは、私達駒ヶ嶺小学校のために新しいすてきな遊具をくださってありがとうございます。数日前からはじまった組み立て作業を見ながら、私達児童は新しい遊具の完成をとても楽しみにまっていました。
今日は朝早くからボランティアの方や先生方お父さんお母さん方がこのセレモニーの準備をしてくれたことにとても感謝しています。
今回いただいた遊具は、皆で仲良く安全に楽しくつかいたいと思います。
今日は本当にありがとうございました。

Thank you for the wonderful playground equipment. I want to play a lot with everyone.”
- Student Representative R.Y.

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