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French Language Immersion After-School Program comes to Fort Kent Elementary School in April

March 19, 2007

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Fort Kent Elementary School students in grades two through five will have the opportunity once again to be involved in a French Language Immersion After-School Program beginning April 3 and concluding on May 1.

Education students from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, who are strong bilingual French speakers, will conduct the program under the direction of UMFK Education Professors Doris Metz and Gil Albert.

"This experience allows our university students an opportunity to share their love and knowledge of the French language with the children of the area who may or may not have ties to the local French heritage. It has been an obstacle in decades past to try to reestablish in youth knowledge of the French and Acadian history and language of the Valley. We hope this is a positive move to help alleviate the problem," said Dr. Metz.

The French Language Immersion After-School Program will be held at Fort Kent Elementary School on Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. for all students in grades two through five who wish to participate and submit a signed permission slip. Parents of students in these grades should expect to receive an informational handout with a permission sheet by Monday, March 26.

"UMFK students are excited about cooperating in this program. Currently, our students are developing fun activities in which they hope will encourage an interest in the French language. Hopefully we will have strong parental and student interest in this program to keep it going in the future," said Dr. Metz.

The deadline to return the signed permission slips to the elementary school is Friday, March 30.