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The Bronxville School Makes A French Connection With Exchange Students

Bronxville School students bonded with students from France and welcomed them into their classrooms as part of an exchange program that encourages cross-cultural experiences.
Bronxville School students bonded with students from France and welcomed them into their classrooms as part of an exchange program that encourages cross-cultural experiences. Photo Credit: Bronxville Schools
Bronxville School students bonded with students from France and welcomed them into their classrooms as part of an exchange program that encourages cross-cultural experiences.
Bronxville School students bonded with students from France and welcomed them into their classrooms as part of an exchange program that encourages cross-cultural experiences. Photo Credit: Bronxville Schools
Bronxville School students bonded with students from France and welcomed them into their classrooms as part of an exchange program that encourages cross-cultural experiences.
Bronxville School students bonded with students from France and welcomed them into their classrooms as part of an exchange program that encourages cross-cultural experiences. Photo Credit: Bronxville Schools

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - The Bronxville School offered nearly two dozen exchange students a taste of the sites and sounds of New York recently as several families hosted exchange students from France.

For two weeks, the Bronxville School hosted 18 students and two teachers from France as part of an exchange program that encourages cross-cultural experiences and allows students to immerse themselves in the history, culture and customs of other nations.

During the visit, the families took the exchange students on trips around \ Manhattan that included visits to the Statue of Liberty, September 11 Memorial and Museum, the Empire State Building, a tour of the United Nations and a stop at Times Square.

While in school, the exchange students taught younger students about French geography, fashion and culture. They were taught to make crepes, sampled European cheeses and studied famous French fashion. The high school students also discussed the differences between upper education in Europe and America.

“It’s an eye-opening experience that fully encompasses the Bronxville Promise as our students learn to be engaged citizens of the world, think critically and step up to a leadership role,” high school French teacher Toby Gillen, who has been organizing this program for a decade, said.

As part of the exchange program, a group of high school students will travel to France at the end of March to stay with host families for two weeks, including stops in Caen and Paris. During their European stay, students are expected to visit sites such as The Louvre, Palace of Versailles and all the famous Parisian monuments.

“Bronxville students will visit a high school while in France and learn about their academic experiences,” Gillen added. “Our students are much more motivated to speak French in class, since they know they will need it when they go to France.”

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