Rockwood high school teachers, students and families hosted 18 foreign exchange students from France for three weeks in February and March.
Teachers Kacey Schlotz at Rockwood Summit High, Emma Tamaroff at Lafayette High and Della Thompson at Marquette High worked to coordinate the visits.
Eureka High French instructor Janice DeNure said the French students are attending classes with Rockwood students.
“Their main focus is to improve their knowledge of the English language and learn about the American school system and culture, while our hosting students have an opportunity to improve their French,” DeNure said.
“There have been several presentations with people who have lived in France and talked about their experience,” Ashley Lingle, Eureka High senior and French V student, said. “It makes me want to keep studying the language and get better at speaking French.”
“I think it’s really cool because you’re talking with a native French speaker,” Jack Tucker, Eureka High senior and French V student, said. “You can hear their accent and converse with them on a real level.”