STUDENTS at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School have begun raising funds to help friends at a school in Japan that was hit by last week’s earthquake.
KGGS students were devastated to hear the news of the earthquake, which hit Japan last Friday.
The school is just 50 miles from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which has been the scene of explosions and radiation leaks since the magnitude 8.9 quake and huge tsunami.
Headteacher of the Grantham school Graham Burks said staff and students have contacted their friends at the school and they believe everyone is alive - but the situation there is worsening.
He said: “The e-mails are quite harrowing. They’re saying that they’re running out of water and food. It’s all getting more and more difficult for them and the power plant is getting more dangerous.
“They are just outside the exclusion zone but they are looking at the television and seeing it’s getting worse. They’re worrying about what happens next.”
Mr Burks said some of his staff and students visited Japan in October and can now see the devastation that has hit the areas where they were.
He said: “It’s very upsetting for us. We don’t think any of the children or teachers have been killed but there are a lot of people missing.”
The students have started fund-raising for their counterparts in Japan. All of the money raised will be sent to the high school to be distributed into the local community.
Mr Burks said: “We are doing lots of fund-raising. We’ve already received some pretty considerable donations.”
The girls will be taking part in a variety of events to raise money, including a climbing challenge.
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