Students at St. Monica High School in Santa Monica participated in a benefit concert, Jam 4 Japan!, Tuesday, March 22 in support of relief efforts following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The event featured songs and dances performed by St. Monica students, including the Rainbow Riders singing “Peace of Christ” in Japanese. Yukai Daiko, a Japanese taiko drumming group based at UCLA, also volunteered to perform as well.

Members of the Asian Pacific, Animation, and Creative Expression clubs encouraged the students, faculty and staff to donate generously to the American Red Cross Japanese Relief Fund.

As part of the event, one teacher chaperone and three Japanese students who won the Akashi-hai High School Students English Contest presented by the Gunma Prefectural Women’s University in Tamamura Gunma, Japan were special guests of the benefit concert.

In addition, students in Japanese classes made origami hearts and Creative Expression Club members made bracelets to offer for donations as part of the effort to “Join Hands for Japan,” school representatives said.

All profits will go directly to Japanese earthquake relief efforts.