Ellensburg family gains new perspectives during trip to Kenya | Daily Record

Photo contributed | Apollo Hashimoto, center, his mother, Carey Gazis, both of Ellensburg, and a local student collect water samples near Iten, Kenya during a recent family trip.

By: Justin Pittman
Published: Nov. 15, 2011

Elementary school student Uhuru Hashimoto remembers being something of a celebrity at her new school last spring. At times, 20 or more kids would gather around her and stare. Some of the younger children wanted to touch her hair. Everybody wanted to be her friend and help her out.
She wasn’t a rock star or an actress, but she drew attention at her new school in Iten, Kenya, because some of the other students had never seen a fair-skinned child before.
“The novelty didn’t wear off,” said her mother, Central Washington University professor Carey Gazis. (READ MORE…)

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