29 Feb 2012

Quote from a Kamaishi City Elementary School Principal 2/2012 釜石市内小学校 校長先生からの言葉 2012年2月

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“Unfortunately, I was unable to see the Smile Ambassador when he visited for the first time last June. I heard that the children and teachers all had a really great time. Guy-san returned for a second visit in September and I then saw what everyone was so excited about.

When I told the kids that Guy-san will visit for a third time in February they were all very happy. They waited anxiously for him to come and everyone’s eyes lit up when he arrived. I wish they had the same reaction to their regular classes! I am amazed by the positive impact that Guy-san has on the kids and the teachers. It lasts long after his visits – they will probably never forget him. I believe that their laughter helps to relieve stress caused by the traumatic experience of the tsunami. The Smile Ambassador spreads seeds of happiness that can grow to be strong and healthy. This helps the students and faculty through these difficult times which in turn helps our families and community. I am very impressed with the Smile Ambassador Program and hope to see Guy-san again soon.”子どもたちは、ガイさんの訪問をとっても楽しみに待っており、またガイさんと対面した時の子どもたちのきらきらした目が、とっても印象に残っています。通常の授業においても、これだけきらきらした目で受けてくれたらと思いました。ガイさんが、子どもたちや先生がたにポジティブな影響を与えていることに驚いています。ガイさんの再訪問を通して、子どもたちはおそらく彼のことを一生忘れないとでしょう。また、笑いは津波によって受けた心的外傷性のストレスを発散することを助けるのだと思います。ニコニコ大使が与えた幸せの種は、子どもたちの中で強く健康に成長しています。これは、子どもたちがこの難しい時を生き抜くための助けとなり、さらに家族やコミュニティーおも元気にしてくれています。私は、ニコニコ大使のプログラムに強く感銘を受けており、また、ガイさんに再び会えることを望んでいます。


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