Hemet High students aid Japanese sister city

BY KEVIN PEARSON

 

 

STAFF WRITER kpearson@pe.com

 

 

Students and staff raised the money over the past year to help residents of Marumori, which sustained some damage from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated part of the country.

 

 

A group of students from Marumori was recently in Hemet, part of a trip that was delayed for a year because of the tsunami.

 

 

The funds were given directly to school administrators. Hemet High student Taylor Baber, who helped organize the efforts, said he wanted to help the city and school in any way possible.

 

 

“We didn’t want to forget them,” Baber said. “Helping other people is important to us. We didn’t want to sit by while the tsunami ravaged them. We wanted to help out.”

 

 

Students from Marumori spent nearly two weeks in Hemet. Most spent time at Dartmouth Middle School, while others spent time in Idyllwild. Marumori is a small town in a mountainous area, similar to Idyllwild.

 

 

While in Hemet, the contingent also presented gifts to the Hemet City Council.

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