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Added May 07 2012

I am the principal of Chappell School, a world language magnet school in Chicago. I was nominated to participate in an educator exchange program sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Chicago. I was one of three Chicago area educators chosen to participate because of my professional experience and because Chappell plans
to begin a Japanese Studies program next year.

This June we will visit many cities and schools, including areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. These natural disastersdestroyed cities and residents still have considerable need. General interest in the ordeal has dwindled and the relief effort is sometimes slow. Psychological care for the victims is becoming paramount as many of them are feeling forgotten by the world and isolated in temporary housing.

I am happy to represent Chappell and Chicago volunteering at two large-scale events, "Chicago Days," for residents of both the Miyagi Prefecture and the Iwate Prefecture on June 23 and 24. Together with Japanese-American celebrities, we will serve Chicago hotdogs, provide entertainment and organize English lessons. We hope the atmosphere will be fair-like, allowing residents a few hours of fun, excitement and laughter. I am organizing a gently-used or new book drive. We hope to collect as many easy English-language children's books as possible to distribute, including books from a Chappell-school book drive and books collected from the local community. All items will be shipped free from the US to Japan by another partner, a Japanese transit company. More than anything, we hope to provide emotional support and fun for the thousands of people displaced from their homes by the earthquake and
We hope all books can be ready to be shipped by May 25.
I hope you will consider a donation of books. Please feel free to drop off books at the Chappell office at 2135 W.Foster between 8:30am and 3pm.
Joseph Peila

  • L

    If you need more books after your book drive, you can try asking Open Books for a book grant:

    Good luck!

  • John AP 5 Year AP resident. LOVE it

    What age group are you looking at for the books?

  • Brandee President of LSC at Chappell Elementary

    Hey John, we are looking for early grade school books that are super easy. I'd say under 6 years old or around pre-K to 2nd grade.

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