Last week, French Honor Society students at Hendrick Hudson High School celebrated the 21st-annual National French Week. This week-long celebration of the French language and culture occurred in schools and communities and at AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) chapters across the U.S. from Nov. 1-8.
Hen Hud’s French students at the high school and middle school brought what they learned out of the classroom and demonstrated all of the reasons students should consider learning French. To begin the week, the entire high school participated in a “chasse au tresor,” a treasure hunt for Remy, the main character in the Disney film “Ratatouille,” and the Eiffel Tower. The treasure hunt lasted all week and students who found the most Remys and Eiffel Towers won a prize!
On Thursday, Nov. 2, students and staff participated in French Flag Day, where they wore the red, white and blue of the French flag. The following day they celebrated Ratatouille Day, when middle school and high school students and some of their siblings enjoyed watching the popular movie.
“They felt like they were in Paris,” teacher Antonietta Gliubizzi said.
The festivities ended on Wednesday, Nov. 8, when staff and students experienced a French cafe celebration. They listened to French music and enjoyed French delicacies, including macaroons, croissants, madeleine, and French cheeses. Mmes. Gliubizzi, Manse, and Madiou commended the amazing work done by French Honor Society members and students to organize all of the events.
“We can’t wait to see what the students do next year,” Gliubizzi said.