Bid For Education
In 2000, the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye initiated the Bid for Education at the museum's gala dinner to meet a critical need felt by our schools-to provide bus transportation for students to visit the Japanese American National Museum.
Since that time, the Bid for Education proceeds have allowed hundreds of thousands of students to visit the museum and learn first-hand about the Japanese American experience. In addition to covering bus transportation costs, the Bid for Education dollars also help expand students' horizons nationally through the museum's teacher training programs and web-based resources. Through the on-going educational programs, the museum continues its commitment to promote understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience with every classroom in the country.
Comments from teachers gathered in a post-visit survey during the 2018-2019 school year:
"The bus scholarship we received helps our school administration and our School Board realize how committed we are to reaching out for welcoming opportunities that are available. One question I ask my students is: "Now that you have received this gift, how will YOU give back after your graduate?"
"I did not realize how moving the first-hand accounts would be (for me and the kids) but this was a genuine "highlight" for many of us."
"[JANM] engages students to think about history and apply critical thinking to current day situations. Very welcoming and kind."
"The most profound aspect is the devotion and commitment to social justice that the museum embraces. These are transformational experiences for students. Asking the questions, 'Could this (forced evacuations) occur again' and 'How do we keep this kind of injustice from ever happening again in this country?"'is the single most important issue for our students who will soon be out in the world voting, running for public office and hopefully realizing just how much they have in common with their neighbors - whether or not they are of the same cultural, racial, religious, etc. background."
"[JANM] provide[d] opportunities for students to learn Japanese culture and history, and its relation to historical events that often get overlooked in classrooms."