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Schools Are Helping Devastated Japanese Communities Recover

Students say that getting back to something familiar—school—helps them deal with the stress of living in shelters and having lost loved ones.

Two months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, communities in the affected areas are still struggling to get back to normal. And while nothing will ever be exactly the same again, the process of getting schools up and running and kids back to studying continues to help the process and have a therapeutic effect on students.

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One Month After the Earthquake, Japan Hustles to Keep Students on Track

Two-thirds of schools in the ravaged northeastern coastal region are destroyed or damaged, but students will be heading back to class next week.

A little over a month after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, it's back to school time in Japan. The island nation's school year began in the first week of April, and officials plan to have students living in some of the most affected coastal areas hitting the books as early as April 20. If it sounds like too much too soon for surviving students who are surely suffering from post-traumatic stress and living in shelters, officials say getting back into a routine will help children regain a sense of normalcy.

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Help Students Fold One Million Origami Cranes and Raise $1 Million for Japan

Here's how to help a grassroots student effort to fold one million paper cranes and raise $1,000,000 for Japanese relief efforts.


An ancient Japanese legend promises that the wishes of anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will come true. Now a grassroots fundraising effort, One Million Cranes, initiated by Pacific Grove Elementary school in Northern California, hopes to enlist 1,000 other schools across the nation in folding 1,000 cranes each. They're hoping the public will donate $1 for each crane, thus raising $1 million for Japan.

Parent Stacy Jacobs says that after taking in the news from Japan after the earthquake and tsunami disaster, she

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