Children's Day in Newberry
Celebrating children on May 5th is a new tradition at Newberry Elementary school, but "Children's Day" is a national holiday in Japan.
Why is an entire school in Newberry, Florida celebrating a Japanese holiday? The answer sits inside a first grade classroom.
"We were sitting in our classroom and we were discussing what happened that morning with the tsunami," said Lauren Sahmel, a first grade teacher.
It was seven-year-old Gavin Wood who raised his hand.
"At my house, I was listening to the news, and I heard that Japan got wiped out by a tsunami, and I wanted to know if we could help them," he said.
Wood's question, inspired his teacher who came up with the idea of raising money, and presenting the check to the American Red Cross on "Children's Day."
Kids cracked open their piggy banks and together, made over a $1,200 difference.
"These kids have come forward with one of the largest donations that we've received for Japan," said Casey Schmelz, Emergency Services Manager for the American Red Cross.
The lesson may be: if we could all act like a first grader, one day out of the year, the world could be a better place.
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