Local French students Quebec bound

Fifteen BCSS students from the French class are heading to Quebec next month on a week-long exchange trip.

Fifteen BCSS students from the French class are heading to Quebec next month on a week-long exchange trip.

The BCSS French class is heading off on a weeklong exchange trip to Quebec next month and they want to invite Boundary residents to join them for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Midway Community Hall beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 9. The evening will include a silent auction and French films produced by the BCSS students themselves.

Tickets are available from Grade 11/12 French students or from the office at BCSS. Adult $10, child (4-12) $6, those under four they eat free. It’s still not too late for businesses or anyone to donate items to the Silent Auction.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience Canada’s diversity,” said teacher and group leader Nick Bond. “The trip has generated some great excitement for our growing French program,” he added. Fifteen students and two chaperones are slated for the trip.

The Grade 11/12 BCSS French class has been twinned with College des Hauts Sommets under the SEVEC Youth Exchanges Canada program. The program is aimed at youth groups between the ages of 12 – 17 from various provinces and territories across Canada.

Over 5,000 young Canadians travelled in Canada last year thanks to the SEVECYouth Exchanges Canada program, which is partially funded by the government of Canada through Exchanges Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage. In addition, several local suppliers and volunteers made a significant contribution to this project.

“We are thankful for this community’s generous input and sponsorship,” said Bond. “This is a clear example of a successful community partnership where families, businesses, leaders and schools/organizations have joined forces to encourage personal growth, community pride and a greater understanding of our Canadian heritage.”

­The BCSS students return flight has a day-long layover in Toronto built into the schedule, allowing an opportunity to visit the CN Tower and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Bond said that while it will be a huge eye opening experience going to Quebec, he is equally excited to show othe greatness of the Boundary. “We have a lot to be proud of!”

Students from College des Hauts Sommets will visit the Boundary from April 10 to 17. While here the Francophone students will enjoy a carefully planned activity program has been developed to showcase the Boundary and the Okanagan including an overnight stay at Big White Inn, a day of skiing, tours of both the Greenwood and Kettle River Museums, rock climbing at the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre, a hike to the top of the Midway trails and a barn dance.


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