[From Ofunato city-my stricken home town]
-Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster-
The last prefectural senior high in Iwate could restart the final term.
The schoolhouse of Prefectural Takata Senior High was greatly damaged by the tsunami. The ceremony marking the opening of the final school term was performed at their temporary school house in a neighboring town Ofunato city. The temporary school house used for their final term is a part of the Kayanaka School House belongs to Iwate Prefectural Ofunato Higashi High School. About 330 students of second and third year attended to the ceremony in high spirits on May 2.
They enjoyed chat each other. ‘We are very happy to reunion each other since last term. We are looking forward to start our final term.’ All students attended at each classroom and the opening ceremony was performed through school public address system. Mr. Yoshihiro Kudo, the principal, addressed his speech through the microphone. ‘I am glad to see you again since the end of last term. Let’s start together and step forward for restore of our school.’
The school took so long time to find any available building, as well as reconstruction of its original school building before starting its final school term. Takata Senior High was the final prefectural high school among which restarted the final term in Iwate prefecture. Its entrance ceremony will be performed on May 10, and 181 freshmen are expected to attend.
The first comer to the school among students was Mr. Wataru Oikawa (16) who belongs to the baseball club. His voice was full of excitement. ‘Although, our school begins later than a month as usual, we would like to enjoy our school life.’ Ms. Reimi Sato (16) lost her best friend at the tsunami while practicing basket ball. ‘I’m lucky to be survived. I’ll do my best for Inter-high school championships with my lost friend in heart.’ Mr, Tsubasa Suzuki (16), a second-year student, lost his home and commute from his relative’s house said in anxiety. ‘Although, it is lucky to see my friends, I am worry about how our family will live in future.’ Some female students hugged each other when they saw a bulletin board in front of the school. ‘We are lucky! You and I are assigned to the same classrooms.’
The school building of the Prefectural Takata Senior High was washed into the tsunami up to its third floor and totally damaged. According to report from the school, among 540 students, 18 students lost their lives and a few students are still missing.
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