Vineland students’ gift pacakge reaches destination in Japan

    Students in Japan are paying forward what their peers in Vineland, N.J., sent them after the earthquake and tsunami earlier this year.

    Bishop Schad Regional School in Vineland donated 2,100 bags of Skittles and $1,000 worth of school supplies to St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo earlier this spring.

    After a small snafu and some communication issues, Bishop Schad students finally heard back.

    The Daily Journal reports the St. Mary’s staff initially thought the delivery was a mistake — just some extra supplies. But once it learned of the Bishop Schad students’ “Rainbow of Hope” message, a teacher sent an email to thank the students.

    Bellies full of Skittles, the St. mary’s students sold the extra candy to raise $1,000 for nearby villages recovering from the disaster.

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