Mt. Carmel High School students turned the campus red in honor of Japan on Friday, and recorded a video message of hope for students in the earthquake damaged country.
It was the idea of 15-year-old sophomore Tyler Kidd, who said he has relatives in Japan. But this wasn't about his family. Kidd said he wanted to show people in Japan that students of different races, cultures and backgrounds also cared about the plight of Japanese people.
Dr. Michael Inoue, the honorary consul general for Japan in San Diego, spoke before a packed gym at lunchtime Friday as they recorded their message.
"Ganbare," the students shouted, a Japanese term of encouragement.
The message goes out to the students of Takata High School, which was devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami. Kidd said he heard about the high school and wanted to send the students a message of hope.
The students also signed a hope banner, which was presented to Inoue.