Probably one of the most popular phrases that a group of seventeen French Club students and three teacher chaperones from Fort Pierce Central High School encountered on their recent trip to Paris, France was “Parlez vous francais” which means in English, "Do you speak French?" which was either responded back by the students (depending on how they had prepared themselves before the trip) with either "no" or "oui oui”, the positive response of yes in the French language (known as the language of love).
A variety of cuisines were sampled that tantalized palettes of the St. Lucie County School District’s entourage by dining at various restaurants that ranged from traditional French fare to the food of the French Caribbean, West Africa, and others. The trip included stops at the Louvre and Orsay Museums to admire Leonardo DaVinci’s famous “Mona Lisa” and the works of Vincent Van Gogh. Visits to famous landmarks included the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysées, the Versailles Palace, the Arc of Triumph and the Moulin Rouge. Climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower was definitely the ‘high point’ for the students. On the return trip, the group encountered a few delays due to flight cancellations. However, this gave the group a chance to enjoy stops in London and New York before making it back home with even more memories to share with family, friends, and classmates.
More and more opportunities (despite some recent tragedies) should be made available for our students in order to develop an appreciation for other countries’ citizens and their cultures (including their preferred faiths), governments and environments in order for us to be united under the one banner of mother earth. We must train all of our children worldwide to embrace peace, love, joy and all of the fruits of the spirit so that there will be no lack for those that join us as brothers and sisters for world peace now and in the future. In Florida, the Department of Education promotes and encourage these opportunities and experiences.
(Photo: Fort Pierce Central High School Students in Paris, France 2014)
(See also list below re St. Lucie & Martin County schools)
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) April 2014