May 13, 2014

For the Korean students attending Culver Academies, the passenger ferry sinking on April 16 is the worst national tragedy they can remember. Two of them had a relative or a friend who lost their lives. In total, 275 people have been confirmed dead and 29 are still missing. The majority of the dead are students from a high school just south of Seoul.

That is why the students decided to take action and help ease the pain and suffering back in their homeland. The Korean Student Association is selling wrist bands and buttons that translate to “One small movement leads to big miracles.”

They are also selling yellow ribbons to remember the victims. Proceeds from the sales will be sent to assist the families in Seoul with funeral expenses and counseling services.

“So many people died from it,” Yu Jin Lee ’17 (Seoul) said. “And it was not caused by another. It was caused by one of our own people. That is what is really upsetting.”

Ami Lee ’17, who is part Korean and lives in Tokyo, said two Culver students knew people on the boat. “We want to show (the Korean people) that the world does care.”

We want to show (the Korean people) that the world does care.

The students started selling the buttons and ribbons and took orders for the yellow bracelets on Wednesday, May 7, after the all-school meeting. They continued to sell the buttons and ribbons at all the home sporting events on Saturday, May 10. Students are also able to purchase them through their dorm and unit representatives.

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