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Harvey To Hold Concert, Later Host Tsunami Victims

KATONAH, N.Y—The Harvey School’s Walker Center for the Arts will be holding much more than art on Tuesday, as the school announced plans to hold a photo exhibit focusing on the pain and suffering after the tsunami that struck Japan. The premiere of the newest work at the gallery will be Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 PM at the school’s Candlelight Concert.

The photo exhibit will be in chronological order of the storm, the devastating aftermath, and the recovery projects, says Harvey School Japanese Language teacher, Tim Cornell.

“The exhibit displays the remarkable resiliency of the human spirit, how we are able to overcome disaster and come out of it stronger,” he said.

The gallery’s portrayal will be the first of two Tsunami-related initiatives to honor those affected by the storm. The school also announced that in the spring it will host four Japanese students to live with families of students from the school from March 26 to April 1.

The visiting students will visit their host-students during the days from the 26 to the 29, leading up to their visit of the Japanese Festival at the United Nations in New York City. The event will include over 400 American students who study Japanese in high school.

The four students who will be travelling to Katonah are from two different high schools. Two girls from Rikuzen Takada High School, a structure destroyed in the storm, and two girls from Kesennuma Hish School. While the latter building was spared, the girls’ homes were not.

Cornell knows that while this will not completely heal the wounds from the disaster, the school is trying to help make life better for the girls in any way it can. “This is just one small thing we can do to show the Japanese people we know they have suffered and we want to help.”

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