On April 29, 2017, the Government of Japan announced that the Honorable Karen Fraser, former Washington State Senator, has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in recognition of her contributions in furthering exchange between Japan and the United States by promoting Japanese culture in Washington State. (read more)
Ten Thurston County area high school students traveled to Kato this summer. Thanks to Myrna Lance for coordinating our High School exchange program, and Junryo Miyashita & Brin Smith for chaperoning!
Next year high school students from Kato will be coming to Olympia. If you are interested in being a host family or helping out in other ways, please let us know.