July 9, 2013
Americans students Carlos Ferrufino, Raymond Tunon, Alyona Brooker and Shanley Kirk say “au revoir” to their French peers Baptiste Pimont, Juliette Gauchard, Anne-Cecile Leconte, Pierre Berceron, Jean Blazec, Paul Lefevre, Pierre Salvi, Lise Mourtier, and Mathilde Tremen at a farewell BBQ held Saturday, July 6. Kirk, Tunon, and Brooker will travel to Normandy and the French sister city of Caen for a two-week stay beginning July 11.
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Sister city high school exchange focuses on culture, national independence days
The U.S. and France have deep historic connections. The French provided assistance during the American War of Independence, and the Americans played a vital role in the liberation of occupied France during WWII. In an effort to deepen ties of friendship, Alexandria and her French sister city Caen have restarted a month-long high school exchange program with a focus on cultural understanding.