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21 mai 2010 5 21 /05 /mai /2010 16:22

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A reception was organised for each French class by the school district, the City and sometimes by the State. The French presented gifts from their community: flags, books, medals and a letter from the Mayor.

In exchange they received a quilt made by the American children, books, statues and whatever represented their city.

 

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20 mai 2010 4 20 /05 /mai /2010 21:28

Certificat de résident honorifique de Park Forest

 

Many French children were made Honorary citizens of the city where they stayed. Resolutions like this one from Park Forest, Illinois were signed by Mayors

 

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20 mai 2010 4 20 /05 /mai /2010 21:20

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In the school cafeteria: the French children were given either a lunch ticket or they brought a lunch box.

 

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The arrival of the French children or the departure of an American class was always a delight for the local press 

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20 mai 2010 4 20 /05 /mai /2010 21:13

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Arrival in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan: from the Detroit airport, the French children were taken in a school bus to the school gymnasium where parents and school officials waited for the French class. After a short ceremony ( the French children were tired) each child was presented to the hosting American family and off they went to their home. It was always a trying moment for the French child because for the timetime he was away from the class and the teacher!

 

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In the Mayor'office!

 

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20 mai 2010 4 20 /05 /mai /2010 21:06

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An American boy and his French counterpart .

For the three weeks the French child became part of the family and was treated as one of them. When it was the American'turn to go to France, he stayed with the family of his counterpart. En reality the two children spent six weeks together.

 

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Frenc and American children on a visit in France, accompanied by the teachers and some parents. These activities were organised by the city, the PTA and the school.

 

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20 mai 2010 4 20 /05 /mai /2010 21:00

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Reception of a Homewood, Illinois class and a St Maur des Fossés class by the French president, François Mitterand

Each American class was hosted by the Mayor, a Member of Parliament and sometimes by the French President

 

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20 mai 2010 4 20 /05 /mai /2010 11:59

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The first French-American class took place between Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Versailles France. The experience was so successful that the program was introduced in many primary schools in America. In three years the number of classes went from two in 1975 to 30 in 1977!

 

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The first class from the South side of Chicago ( all the children were black) participated in 1978: the reception by the French was outstanding. However the Chicago class was place in 1981 with a class from Neuilly sur Seine. The school administrator in that city was the actual president of France : Nicolas Sarkozy. The reaction of the city was poor and the program was cvanceled in Neuilly sur Seine so " as not host black children" according to the representative of the city. This was a racist reaction which is mentionned in André Girod' book!

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20 mai 2010 4 20 /05 /mai /2010 11:55

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Third volume : The French-American class

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Article from the Hillsboro Press Gazette of May 18, 1978

In most communities where French stayed, they were received by the Mayor of the city. During the ceremony, there was an exchange of gifts between the two cities: key, books, medals, T shirts
The second photo shows a French child playing with his American counterpart at home. Each French child stayed alone with an American family, which somehow forced him to
use English as the only way to communicate! 

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Exchange between  Ecole du Cèdre Noisy le Roi/  Denver school,  Wilmington, Ohio  1978

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