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UMFK to offer French immersion camp for youth

June 13, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be offering weeklong French Immersion camps in both Fort Kent and Madawaska for St. John Valley area students entering grades two through five.

The camps continue to be popular with local residents as well as visitors who spend their summers in the Valley.

One weeklong class session will be held in Fort Kent on the UMFK campus beginning July 21.

A second weeklong session will be held at the Madawaska Elementary School starting on August 4.

The camps allow children to learn and use the French language through fun activities, such as arts and crafts, field trips, sing-alongs, and story telling. The camp will also provide an understanding of local St. John Valley cultural heritage.

Both sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and will utilize resources from and include traveling to areas throughout the St. John Valley, in both the U.S. and Canada.

"In an effort to keep costs to a minimum for parents, we sought out sponsorship from area organizations and businesses," said Don Eno, coordinator for academic outreach at UMFK. "The MBNA Foundation is the major sponsor at the Fort Kent site this year," added Eno. Le Club Francais is also a contributor to the French Immersion camps.

Registration cost for the immersion camp is $50 per child.

To register call the registrar's office at 834-7520. For more information contact Don Eno at 834-7835.