The leaders of a trip that will take UW-Barron County students to the tsunami zone of Japan are seeking funds to help student travelers who need financial help paying for the trip.
Led by Engineering Professor Christa James-Byrnes and Japanese specialist Professor Lee Friederich, the trip will take place May 21-31 at a cost of $3650 per participant.
The students will be working with engineering students who have been coordinating their project with the nonprofit organization Be One Tohoku, a Christian-based nonprofit organization based in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, where the project will take place. The group will work on playground construction for the children of women who work on the Nozomi Project, a jewelry-making cooperative that makes necklaces and earrings out of shards of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami that destroyed much of Ishinomaki.
Scholarships will be based on need and will benefit students enrolled full-time in the Associates Degree or new Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences programs at UW-Barron County. Checks can be made out to the UW-Barron County Future Engineers Scholarships and sent to Lee Friederich, English Department, UW-Barron County, 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake, WI 54868. For further information, please call Lee Friederich at 715.234.8176 (ext. 5480).