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Background of Establishment

GLORY has for some time been conducting programs dedicated to the sound development and well-being of Japan's future citizens, such as the Hands-on Science Class, Children's Theater, and Kendo Meet for elementary school students.

We founded the GLORY Foundation for Elementary School Students in 1995 as one of our commemorative programs honoring the 50th anniversary of GLORY's founding, and its work has continued and expanded since then while also branching out into new endeavors. Certification as a "public interest incorporated foundation" was acquired in April 2012 to develop the programs for public service.

Overview of the GLORY Foundation for Elementary School Students

1. Name GLORY Foundation for Elementary School Students
2. Address 1-chome, 1-55 Shimoteno, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
3. Phone +81-79-297-3126
4. Chairman Shigeo Kayashima
5. Founded March 31, 1995

Note: Certified as a public interest incorporated foundation on April 1, 2012

6. Goal To promote the sound development of elementary school students and contribute to the promotion of regional education.
7. Activities
  • Sponsorship of or assistance in sports activities for elementary school students
  • Sponsorship of or assistance in art, science and cultural programs for elementary school students
  • Other necessary work toward achieving those aims

Activities of the Foundation

1. Sports-related Activities

(1) Sponsorship

1) Tennis Clinic

20 tennis classes per year for about 30 students of levels from beginner through advanced.

Tennis Clinic for elementary school students

Tennis Clinic for elementary school students

2) Tennis Tournament

Annual tennis tournament for a total of 60 invited participants and Tennis Clinic students.

3) Kendo Meet

Annual kendo tournament for around 150 elementary school student players selected from the local Kendo League

Kendo Meet for elementary school students

Kendo Meet for elementary school students

(2) Assistance

Financial assistance is provided to local sports organizations established in support of the sound mental and physical well-being of elementary school students

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2. Activities related to Art, Science and Culture

(1) Sponsorship

1) Hands-on Class for Parents and Children

The Hands-on Class for Parents and Children is aimed at sound development of elementary school students by deepening their interest in and appreciation of the arts, science and culture.

Spring Class: Bus tours for parents and children

Annual bus tours for around 80 children and parents to outdoor education facilities.

Autumn Class: Hot-Air Balloon Class

Around 300 elementary school children and parents enjoy rides in hot-air balloons and learn how hot-air balloons are constructed every November.

Balloon rides launched from ground of a local elementary school in Himeji

Balloon rides launched from ground of a local elementary school in Himeji

Hot-Air Balloon Class

Hot-Air Balloon Class

2) Hands-on Science Class

A Science Show and Engineering Workshop is held annually for about 200 children.

This program aims at cultivating rich imaginative powers and the germs of unique ideas of children though workshops under the guidance of GLORY employees.

Children building robots with employee volunteers

Children building robots with employee volunteers

Children playing with robots they made

Children playing with robots they made

3) Children's Theater

We invite 3,200 children and parents to the "Living Doll Musical" every year at the end of February, with the goal of enriching the aesthetic sensibilities of children.

The Living Doll Musical

The Living Doll Musical

4) English Conversation Class

English conversation classes are conducted by three instructors, two of whom are native English speakers, for around 30 students, with the goal of improving English and deepening international understanding.

English conversation with native speakers

English conversation with native speakers

English conversation with native speakers

(2) Assistance

Financial assistance is provided to local organizations which are engaged in promoting arts, science and other cultural pursuits that give hopes and dreams to elementary school students and enhance their aesthetic sensibilities.

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