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C’est la Vie! Raiders Live and Study in France​

In June 2017, two ​French teachers chaparoned nine students for two and a half weeks in Paris and Aix-en-Provence as part of the school’s inaugural French language and study abroad program. The students lived with local families, attended classes, and participated in activities and/or excursions each day. According to French teacher Holly Fitchette, who travelled with the students, “We are so excited that the school has begun a French immersion program. Our students have the opportunity to participate in French home life and experience the culture firsthand by living like a local with locals.” French teacher Brett Edeker also travelled with the group.

The rising 10th through 12th grade students began their trip in Paris, where they spent three days touring the city and visiting landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. Other highlights were stops at world-famous museums like the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay and monuments such as the one to the Victims of the Deportation during World War II. After sampling the sights, sounds and, especially, the tastes of Paris, the students took the high-speed train (TGV) to Aix-en-Provence where they lived with local families and attended a local school. Students attended classes in the morning and participated in cultural activities each afternoon. They visited the nearby city of Nimes where they toured ancient Roman ruins and enjoyed a holiday festival full of music, parades, and even a traditional bullfight. The itinerary included visits to the seaside towns of Marseille and Casis. While on the coast, they toured local art museums and frequented the world-famous outdoor markets in Aix-en-Provence. 10th grade student Lexie Bailey offered: “The best part of the program was the learning experience as a whole. I learned more about the language than I can ever learn in a classroom.”​

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