Gateway School 5th grade students hosted a very special visitor today – Mr. Mas Hashimoto, a survivor of the World War II Japanese internment camps. Our 5th graders are currently reading Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida, a fictional novel depicting the experiences of a young girl’s life in the internment camps in the 1940s. The study of the internment camps during World War II fits into the current all-school thematic study of “Freedom & Democracy.” It was a privilege for them to welcome a local visitor who has experienced the reality of the events they are studying.
Mr. Hashimoto was born and raised in Watsonville. Because of Executive Order 9066, his family had to leave their home in 1942, and they were relocated to a holding center in Salinas, and then to an internment camp in Poston, AZ. His family returned to Watsonville after the war. (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less