Japan trip inspires park project

Published: Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013 - 7:36 am

A 2010 trip to Japan by five students in the Pacers for Peace club at Grant High School spawned the desire to build a peace park near the school.

The students stayed with host families in Matsuyama, Sacramento's sister city in Japan, and visited Hiroshima during their Thanksgiving break that year.

The visit made an impression, especially the peace park in Hiroshima, said Wayne Hironaka, the students' adviser at the time. He has since retired from the school district.

Students in the Pacers for Peace club and adults in the I Am Peace nonprofit mentoring program are trying to raise $170,000 to $200,000 to build the park, complete with a garden and fountain.

The land was donated by the Twin Rivers Unified School District several years ago.

To assist the project, send donations to I Am Peace Inc., P.O. Box 70, Roseville 95678-0070 or go to www.iampeacenews.net.

Call The Bee's Diana Lambert, (916) 321-1090. Read her Report Card blog at http://blogs.sacbee.com/report-card/.

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