Friday, August 28, 2009

Summer 2009 Scrapbook

CMH French Class trip abroad --

From Bonny Blake, CMH French teacher --

Father Hartmann,

The France trip was from June 15 to June 30th and 15 students participated. Lindley Henson went along as a chaperone to help me and Anita Condit came as a mother of a student on the trip. There was only one boy, Sean McNaughton, but he got along very well with all the girls and they loved having him there.

It was an educational as well as fun trip. We had 12 meetings (1 to 2 hours each) before the trip to learn more about the history, geography, customs, etc. of France and to work on conversational skills. The students had a home stay in a northern suburb of Paris. They spent 6 nights/5 days with a French family.

We spent the first 3 days in Paris, then the students had their home stays. We then took a bus to Normandy and visited Omaha beach, the American Cemetery, more WW2 beaches and museums, and then the town of Bayeux where we saw the tapestry. Then we visited the Loire Valley where we stayed in Blois and visited castles as well as Leonardo DaVinci’s workshop/garden. We headed back to Paris and had Mass at Chartres Cathedral on the way. We spent the last day in Paris and then came home. Overall, it went very well but we were definitely tired at the end! Many students really improved their French communication skills and some did just outstanding. They were a positive and fabulous group of students.

Some of our fine students exhibiting their finest communication skills, spelling out "CMH" and "Wisconsin" for the camera.
Given the origin of CMH as a living memorial to 23 men who died in World War II, the visit to Omaha Beach in Normandy was especially important.

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