Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Elementary school grows rice for the needy

Students at an elementary school in rural Kumamoto, Japan, participated in a different kind of project for helping the less fortunate: growing rice. With only a little guidance from the adults, the kids did all the work themselves—preparing the paddies, planting, fertilizing, weeding, harvesting, polishing, and bagging.

The bagged rice will be shipped overseas as part of the government's relief effort. The picture below is of a ceremony commemorating the end of the project and the donation of the rice.

Parents and teachers hope that the project also gives the students a greater understanding and appreciation of a crop that is still important to the local economy: rice.

—Mellow Monk

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