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VRHS Hosts French Exchange Students
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Thursday, March 15, 2018
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March 15, 2018


Villa Rica High School hosts a semi-annual exchange program with students from Lycée Pierre-Mendès, a technical, engineering and science-based school in Épinal, France. This exchange program has been taking place at VRHS for over a decade. Both French and American students partake in an immersive cultural experience by staying with the families of those involved in the exchange. French students recently attended classes at VRHS with their host students to see what an American school day is like. They have also gone on excursions to the CDC, the Tellus Science Museum, the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, the CNN Tower, the Pine Mountain Gold Museum, the World of Coca Cola, and many more places to enrich their experience here. This June 4th, VRHS students will be visiting Épinal, surrounding towns in the region, and Paris to become more globally competent and appreciative of a different way of life. They will visit many historically and culturally significant sites across France while there. 

For the past two weeks VRHS has been hosting 18 French students and 2 teachers from Épinal, France. They have been corresponding with some of our own students since September, and on Tuesday, March 6th,  they accompanied their VRHS penpals to their classes. The French students also gave presentations in English about their country, city, high school, and culture to VRHS students who are learning French and even quizzed our students about their knowledge of France.

The exchange students have been enjoying cultural excursions during the remainder of their visit. We will be sad to say goodbye "Au revoir" and wish them a safe journey as they fly back to France on Friday, March 16th.  The friendships formed will continue as our VRHS host students journey to France this summer to visit with their new French friends!

This exchange is unique to its region - no other high school in Carroll County participates in a program of this kind. Just another way that Villa Rica High School is a premier educational facility!

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