Roaring Brook Elementary School celebrated Children's Day by welcoming two
beautiful Japanese dolls named Haru and Maiko. On May 5, 2003, the school's
660 students attended a special assembly in the gym to greet the two dolls
that had been received from Japan through the Friendship Doll Program
sponsored by Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute.
Dr. Crisanne Colgan, Roaring Brook Principal, describes the assembly,
"We enjoyed learning about Japanese culture and the history of the doll
ambassadors dating back to 1927. We are very excited about the special bond
that now exists between Roaring Brook School and Japan, and we are eager to
expand this friendship over the next several years."
Colleen Casey-Nelson, mother of a first-grade student, played a leading
role in organizing the assembly. She says, "We are thrilled about the
dolls and want the excitement to pass on to the students. The school is in
the early stages of learning about Japanese culture -- these dolls will
hopefully be a springboard for the students and teachers." Mrs.
Casey-Nelson has been interested in Friendship Dolls for several years. In
1998, she was the music teacher at Smalley Academy (New Britain, Connecticut)
when the school received two Friendship Dolls.