On March 11, 2011, the strongest earthquake on record (according to the Red Cross) occurred just off the coast of Japan, devastating the small nation. Soon after, a giant tsunami ravished the country, destroying buildings, landscapes, and roads…but even more shocking was the toll on human life. Over 26,000 people were either dead or unaccounted for more than six weeks after the quake struck.
In response to the crisis in Japan, Randolph-Macon Academy’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) immediately voted to donate $1000 for a shelter box. Stephen Latham, the faculty advisor of R-MA’s NHS, presented the check to the Linden Rotary Club on March 16, 2011. Then, NHS and Cadets-In-Action teamed with the Community Service program for a bake sale and origami sale on Thursday, March 24, just before spring break, raising another $1,000 for the relief efforts.