from Oct 15, Video Lesson for Elementary School Students Now Available!

by Lynn Moyers on October 15, 2020

View the Video and Teachers’ Guide Now! Click Here

Contact: Sarah Saito, ssaito@jaso.org for all details

For over 20 years the amazing commitment of volunteers and staff at JASO has grown the largest elementary school outreach program in the US, introducing young students to Japan, the country, the culture, the people, and the fun! Each year our team has travelled to places like Umatilla, Prineville, Central Point, Wolf Creek, White Salmon, Yacolt, Corvallis, metro areas and many more – over 70 cities and 40,000 students – sharing our Japan on the Road (JOR) program.

Due to Covid-19, we were forced to stop visiting elementary schools in March 2020. We are thrilled to announce the full completion of our first ever Video Lesson for 3rd and 4th grade students – An Adventure to Remember, and associated Teachers’ Guide. The video is built with teacher and funder consultation, created by more than 20 volunteers, and is available throughout the school year.

We believe that in order to build a successful relationship with Japan tomorrow, we need to be connecting the youth of today. Additionally, community diversity is an incredibly important topic for us all, and JOR includes creative teaching points that show our students how different cultures are contributing to our lives, and also how different cultures have amazingly different solutions to our shared human problems (think chopsticks vs knives/forks, futons vs beds, etc).

We are now reaching out to our database of teachers, but we also want to ask for your help too. Our goal is to still have our volunteers visit class to help teach via zoom. However, the class can also be taught independently of JASO. Please share our news.

If you are a 3rd or 4th grade elementary school teacher, or know one, please let them know of our new video. Together, we can help more and more young students today connect to and learn about Japan. And an extra thanks if you are a member of JASO – a part of your annual dues help us work together with volunteers to create and deliver this program.

Or, perhaps you’d like to volunteer for the program and help us! For all details, contact ssaito@jaso.org.

Japan on the Road is a great example of how JASO works. More than 35 volunteers give their time each year to create and deliver the program. Their efforts are supported by our major funders, who include: The Freeman Foundation, Shokookai of Portland, the Inukai Family Foundation, Laura Schafly, SEH America, Temple University Japan Campus, Hitachi High Technologies, United Grain Corporation, Uwajimaya, Yamasa Corporation, Perkins Accounting, Kintetsu World Express, Ohtomo Chemical, Made in Oregon, Fujimi, and Furuno, and all dues-paying members of our organization. Thank you to all.

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