This summer, teacher Cindy Avers will be taking her final French Club trip with a few of her past and present French students.
Those who choose to go on this trip will be flying to France for ten days (June 14-23). During those ten days, the students and chaperones will visit Paris, Normandy, Mont. St. Michel, Chartres, Nice and Monaco. They will see the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, visit a French music festival and go to many other historical places.
Avers said she enjoys taking students because they get to see and experience what they’ve been learning in French class while using the language they’ve learned.
“I’ve had many wonderful students that I’ve taught and taken to France,” Avers said.
Teacher Jennifer Haar went on the last trip in 2008 and said she learned a lot about the French culture and language.
Some of the experiences that made the trip memorable were the street artists, the castles and changing of the guard in Monaco.
Avers has been on multiple trips with the French Club and enjoys it most when her students see the Eiffel Tower for the first time and are amazed by the size of it.
While this year’s senior French students were offered the opportunity to go to France the summer after their freshman year, the juniors were not yet in French to receive the option of going and are seizing this opportunity.
Junior Olivia Czeczele is very excited for this year’s trip to France; she’s excited to go to Paris, see the Eiffel Tower and to do lots of shopping. Without this trip being offered, many students would not get the opportunity to go to France at any other time.
Senior Kaitlin McTague added even though she has already gone on a previous French trip, she would not have had that experience until college, if at all, had Avers not offered this trip to her students.
Not only is Woodmore losing French at the end of the school year, but they will lose Avers as well. Though she is sad to leave Woodmore, she does have plans to kick off her retirement next year. Avers plans on getting an adult tour to France together and to travel, perhaps in the fall or winter since she couldn’t during the school year because she had to teach.
Many will miss French Club. Students will miss such things as Lotto, the crepes, the language itself and their classmates they shared French with. Many agree it’s sad that French is ending and sad for the students who will not the get the option to take French.
Reprinted with permission by journalism advisor Carolyn Nitz from the September 2010 issue of Window to Woodmore, a student publication.