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Parkwood Celebrated National Francophone Week Nov. 8-14

Guest speaker, Mr. Lee Hochstetler, wears traditional West African clothing from Mali.

November 8th-14th was National Francophone Week, a week to celebrate and learn about French speaking cultures and countries. Jean Patterson’s French classes celebrated National Francophone Week by watching movies, playing games, and eating French foods. They even had the privilege of learning about Mali (a French speaking country in Africa) by a visit from Mr. Lee Hochstetler, who lived in Mali for several years. 

On Thursday, November 8th, Mr. Hochstetler shared a lot of information about Mali with students, including the different groups of Malians, what the Malians ate, where they lived, and how Mali has been mostly taken over by Islamist militants. He also did a show and tell of what people wear on a daily basis in Mali, which the students really enjoyed.

Sara Starnes, a freshman in Mrs. Patterson’s first period French I class, thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Hochstetler’s visit. “When Mr. Hochstetler came in and introduced the whole new world and culture, it really opened my eyes,” she said. “When he showed us all of the items he brought back, and the pictures he took, it really made me feel lucky to have such nice school programs and houses with running water. I really enjoyed learning what a different society Africa is, especially witnessing their unique sense of style!”

The cafeteria also supported National Francophone Week by creating a French menu serving Quiche Lorraine, French Onion Soup and croissants! Students will continue learning about francophone cultures this year and especially during World Language Week in March.


Written by: Bailey Elrod, 9th grade student
Edited by: Regina Snelson
Posted: Nov 26, 2012 by Regina Snelson

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