Chibi no Gakkōu is a Japanese American (JA) Heritage School which provides first through eighth grade students the opportunity to explore the JA experience in a fun, “hands on” way. Students of the program can apply to be mentors once they reach high school age. Chibi no Gakkōu is offered every two years and includes the following activities:
- Exploring personal family and JA history
- Cooking and tasting Japanese food
- Participating in playing games, hearing/singing music and learning dances
- Creating Japanese arts and crafts
Chibi no Gakkōu is unique in that the JA and family history portion of the program is developed and taught by Colorado certified teachers. The JA experience during WWII continues to be omitted or glossed over in school curriculums. The staff of Chibi no Gakkōu feel strongly about educating our youth regarding JA history in the U.S. and Colorado to ensure this critical piece of history is not forgotten.
In late 2020 Chibi no Gakkōu approached Sakura Foundation with a proposal to be under the umbrella of the Foundation. The mission of both endeavors are in total alignment and joining forces makes both entities stronger and more impactful for the community.
Sakura Foundation is proud to announce that the 2024 session of Chibi no Gakkōu will take place 9 am to 12 noon on all 6 Saturdays (January 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17, 24).