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The Tragedy in Japan

March 11, 2011

As the devastating news from Japan unfolds, it is with profound sadness that we extend our sincere condolences to our friends, partners, and all the Japanese people, whose lives have been touched. We offer our deepest sympathies, prayers, and condolences for their loss, and our support for the situation they find themselves in.

We are reaching out to the many Japanese students who are currently studying at ELS to provide our support and assistance as they struggle to reach their loved ones back home, and as they deal with the emotional impact of this tragic news.

The news also indicated that the resulting tsunami could potentially affect Hawaii, and the US West Coast. We would like to take this opportunity to inform you that the ELS crisis management plan was in full operation to ensure any possible evacuation and safety requirements for our staff and students.

In the case of ELS’ centers, all West Coast centers remain open and operating normally, and there has been no impact by the waves. ELS/Honolulu closed on Friday as a precautionary measure, but is going to open on Monday.

We would like to reassure you and all our students’ parents that all ELS students and staff are safe and secure. ELS is deeply concerned about everyone in its care, and has numerous systems in place to ensure their wellbeing.

Our thoughts are with our partners, our colleagues and friends, and all of the Japanese people in this difficult time.

Mark W. Harris
President and CEO
ELS Educational Services, Inc

A small donation can contribute greatly to hope. Here are some ways to make a $10 donation towards earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.

Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund:
text REDCROSS to 90999 or go to www.redcross.org

Save the Children's Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency fund:
text JAPAN to 20222 or go to www.savethechildren.com

GlobalGiving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief fund:
text JAPAN to 50555 or go to www.globalgiving.org

International Medical Corps relief efforts:
text MED to 80888

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