French students experience life at CHS

November 3, 2015 | Amberlyn Melvin

Students from France have arrived in our small town, Crestview. Hosts, or students in French who have volunteered to house the students, were very excited for their arrival. They arrived at Fort Walton Beach airport at 10:28 PM after a very long plane ride. On Saturday, October 17th, they were greeted by Mayor Cadle for a BBQ at Twin Hills.

The French students spent their first day, October 19th, in an American school, our school Crestview High School, riding with their hosts, on the bus, or by car, and attending class with their host. Everyone was excited for their arrival; everyone was talking about ‘the French kids!’ Very quickly they opened up and everyone wanted to talk to them and become friends. The hosts also became very close with them, almost like siblings, and life-long best friends.

When asked how they like America, the French students replied, “Everyone is very welcoming.” They also said that they miss loved ones the most and they like the food here better than in France. Even though French cuisine is usually considered to be better than American food, for example, fast food like ‘Taco Bell’ was a favorite among the French students.

They learned about Halloween and carved pumpkins with the French Club. They also went to the Baker Corn Maze, Haunted Trail, and Hayride.

They went to the beach in Destin for the first time and had lots of fun swimming and viewing the beautiful white sands.

Lots of tears were shed at the airport when they left, but we can not wait until they return in three years! The French Club is going to take a field trip to France this summer and are planning to meet up with the students we had here at CHS.

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