Natural disasters, as devastating as they are, often provide people with opportunities to connect through acts of kindness. The 2011 Tsunami that hit Japan was a result of the "Great East Japan Earthquake." It took thousands of lives and left a path of destruction that the country is still cleaning up.
There's one uplifting story, however, that floated through all the wreckage and found its way to small California high school. Students at Del Norte High School in Crescent City, California found a mysterious, barnacle-covered boat washed up on their shore two years after the tsunami. By translating the Japanese characters written on the side, they quickly discovered its origin and set out to return it to its rightful owners. This wonderful decision sent them on an international adventure, eventually connecting them with a group of students over 5,000 miles away.