3000 Letters for Japan

What is the Project?

Simply put, “3000 Letters for Japan” is a letter-writing project directed first to students the Miyagi region of Japan. Each school in the area has between 300-400 students. I will distribute your letters to my colleague in this region first (as soon as postal service resumes) and reach out from there. There are dozens of other schools in the surrounding area, hundreds of schools in Japan. As long as I continue to receive your letters, I will continue to ensure that your letters are delivered to Japanese students throughout the country.

I am asking you as groups or individuals, children, teens, parents, grandparents, teachers to write letters, draw pictures. Do it alone, do it in groups. Write one letter or write 10. Have fun with it! I assure you they will ALL be delivered.

Children are primarily elementary and junior high school age. Their English level is basic and the youngest are not yet able to read. I can tell you though that throughout Japan, English writing is everywhere and anything with English words on it is a novelty and a must-have for ALL age groups, from t-shirts to backpacks to posters—just about anything! Many children don’t know what the words say, but it is VERY cool to have that item with English on it.

This is a simple and personal act of kindness that will only take a few minutes of your time and will bring big smiles to little faces enduring unimaginably difficult times. Let others know about it, get everyone involved. I would love to see every child in Japan receive a personal letter. I know that each child will share your letter with their families and it will become a priceless possession – and that they will be genuinely grateful for your very simple gesture. Such is the Japanese culture.
Newcomers & Neighbors of The Andovers 2010-2011

What I’m Asking

The project is simple. Write a personal letter from the heart. Keep it light and keep it simple. Print clearly. Or, draw pictures that convey your sentiments. The youngest students will appreciate a page of pictures!
  • Decorate your letter with drawings, stickers – boys and girls love “cute”
  • Use colored paper or have fun with crayons and markers to jazz up white paper
  • Sign your letter with your biggest and messiest rockstar-like signature. They adore signatures as much or even more than stickers!
  • Please don’t put anything in the envelope other than the letter (ie., trinkets or toys). It creates bulk and additional postage charges but more importantly, avoids creating envy among children who do not receive a gift in their letter. Your gift is your personal letter
  • Put each letter in its own envelope. Mark on the envelope if your letter is best suited for a younger child or an older junior high student. If you are doing one or several letters, put all the envelopes in a larger envelope and mail to me at my address below
  • Include your printed name and a return address on the letter if you would like a response, although that’s a guarantee I can’t make
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