KHS French Students Bid Au Revoir to French Friends
The Kirkwood High School French Department has instituted a unique exchange program called FRAME (FRench-AMerican Exchange) with Notre Dame de Bellegarde high school in Lyon, France. The schools are established “sister schools.” On April 4, KHS French students welcomed 20 students from their sister school. Over the past two weeks, the students have been immersed in the culture of KHS, and the St. Louis community overall. Highlights from the week include attending in KHS classes, and field trips to the City Museum and the Challenger Center.
On Sunday, April 14, the host families and students bid au revoir during the farewell reception. The KHS students will now travel to Lyon, France the morning of May 29.
“This exchange program is unique, in that it's the only truly reciprocal program with our sister city,” said Kalfus. “Ours is the first high school exchange between Saint Louis and Lyon since September 11, 2001.”
The program was planned under the guidance of the Saint Louis Sister Cities Program.
St. Louis-Lyon Sister Cities, Inc. is devoted to enhancing relationships between the citizenry of St. Louis and Lyon. They are one of 16 World Trade Center St. Louis' sister cities programs that enhance the STL Partnership's international agenda. In addition to the municipal ties between St. Louis and Lyon, the committee partners with commercial, cultural and educational organizations that foster our region's French connections.
Today, more than 900 U.S. cities are paired with 1,300 cities in 92 different countries. Benefits of participation include: international business contacts; increased awareness of other cultures; opportunities to become host families for visitors and students from abroad; volunteer and community service; fostering of mutually beneficial relations in economic development, education, art, culture, medicine, and sports; and showcasing St. Louis as an international city.