Lincoln Southwest Students Raising Funds for Japan

Six thousand miles away students in Japan are trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. Here in Lincoln students are trying to send hope across the ocean.

Members of the Lincoln Southwest Japanese Club are selling T–shirts with 40 percent of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

 “To get funds to help the effort in Japan for the tsunami and earthquake.”

Tristan Hilderbrand is a sophomore at Lincoln Southwest.  She spent a month in Japan as a foreign exchange student.

When she first heard about the earthquake and tsunami she immediately went into action to find a way to help.

She did so by coming up with the idea and the design for the T–shirt.

 “I just felt like I needed to do something and I think a lot of us feel like we need to do something, but we don't know what, so I was playing on the computer and decided to make shirts,” Hilderbrand said.

The students will be selling the T–shirts the entire week following spring break.

Besides buying the T–shirts through Lincoln Southwest students, you can also find them at Lux Middle School, Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln East and several churches around town.

All across Lincoln schools are doing similar projects to help the earthquake and tsunami victims.

Hill Elementary School students are doing a hands for Japan project and Mickle Middle School is also raising funds to make their contribution.

If you would like to help you can buy a T-shirt or simply donate by sending cash or check to Lincoln Southwest High school, payable to Mr. Jeremy Smith or Ms. Suzanne Carnazzo.