Thursday September 21, 2017
Yasuhiro Yamauchi, the Consulate General of Japan in Boston, along with his senior project manager Sumiko Otsuka, presented South Burlington High School (SBHS) with a grant from the Japanese Foundation in the amount of $5,000 to support the school’s Japanese program. SBHS Principal Patrick Burke said, “The Japan Foundation has supported our program via the salary assistance grant a number of times over the years. Being able to offer Japanese and continue our exchange program with Futaba High School in Otaru, Japan is very important. Japan has the third largest economy in the world and being able to speak Japanese and understand Japanese culture opens many doors and creates multiple opportunities for our students.”
SBHS World Language CAS/TIE Coordinator Theresa Mazza-Anthony applied for the grant at the end of last year. She said, “We were especially appreciative of the opportunity because it came at a moment when we did not know if our Japanese classes would continue due to budgeting issues.”
Although Mazza-Anthony applied for a $30,000 grant, the maximum available, the $5,000 grant was well appreciated. In awarding the grant, the foundation noted, “Due to our severe budget constraints, the approved grant amount was much less than you requested, but we sincerely hope that you will make a good use of our one-year grant support to maintain your Japanese program.” Mazza-Anthony reports, “There is an option to apply for salary support or for supplies. Our need was mostly for salary so that is what we will be using the grant money for.”
Sinyoung Evans has been teaching Japanese at the high school since 2007. Mazza-Anthony says, “While we offer five different languages at SBHS, Japanese is our only Eastern language and thus offers a very different experience for our students.” Evans is also an integral part of the school’s Japanese exchange program. This year, SBHS will welcome approximately 20 students from Futaba High school and seven SBHS students will travel to Kyoto and then to Otaru to live with their Japanese host families.