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Thursday, April 17, 2014

First Lady Foundation donates Japanese books to MHS

First Lady Josie Fitial, center, poses with from left Women’s Affairs director Remy Buniag, MHS principal Karen Borja, foundation treasurer Emma Villagomez, and  Special Assistant Esther Fleming during the official turnover of two boxes of Japanese books for the Marianas High School’s Japanese classes at the MHS gym Friday morning. (Jacqueline Hernandez) The First Lady’s Vision Foundation donated books to another school on Saipan—Marianas High School.

First Lady Josie Fitial led the formal turnover of the books Friday morning at the MHS gym.

The donation consisted of two boxes of Japanese books for the school’s Japanese classes.

Women’s Affairs director Remy Buniag, Special Assistant Esther Fleming, and Ben Fitial Foundation treasurer Emma Villagomez also joined in the event. Second lady Margaret K. Villagomez also dropped by to witness the brief ceremony.

MHS principal Karen Borja said she is very thankful for the generosity shown to the school. She said the books would be very helpful for the Japanese 1 and 2 classes at the largest high school in the CNMI.

The school began its Japanese language program 1990’s.

Fitial said the books were given to the foundation through the kindness of Japanese visitor Sadako Suzuki, whose husband died on Saipan during World War II.

The books donated included Run Melos Run, a paperback book written in English but with Japanese translation at the end of the novel. Most of the books are for advanced classes, said Borja.

Borja said the Japanese Class being offered to high school students at MHS has been very helpful especially for those students that would want to work in the tourism industry.

Last week, the foundation donated at least 500 new books to Dandan Elementary School.

Fitial hopes to attract more sponsors who will help the foundation donate more books to all public schools in the CNMI.

“I hope we can continue to do this for other schools. We need sponsors,” she said. “I hope you’ll like the books and would have the time and energy reading them,” she told her MHS audience.

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