Poland French Club plans ‘un voyage’
Oct. 3, 2018
Poland Central School District French Club President Bryce Hart (standing) talks to club members during the first meeting of this school year on Sept. 18 about what the club did last school year and plans this school year to raise funds for a trip to Quebec, Canada.
POLAND – It starts at the Kuyahoora Valley Town Park and ends in Quebec, Canada.
To start their fundraising for a spring trip to Quebec, Poland Central School District French Club members will have a booth as part of the Poland Booster Club Fall Festival and Columbus Day Soccer Tournament at Kuyahoora Valley Town Park on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7.
The French Club members will be selling orange and blue blankets that they made, bracelets with “c’est la vie” on them, Eiffel Tower keychains, cider, water, crepes, chocolate bread, miniature pumpkin pies.
Students donated supplies and food ingredients, made signs and posters and will be volunteering at the booth during the Columbus Day Soccer Tournament, said Tierra Glover, Poland French teacher and French Club advisor.
“The kids are doing everything,” she said. “They’re making all the stuff.”
The French Club Quebec trip is planned for April 14-16, 2019, for three days and two nights. Glover, French Club President Bryce Hart and Vice President Brianna Bronson introduced plans for the Quebec trip during the first French Club meeting of the school year on Sept. 18 with more than 25 students in attendance.
French Club leaders also used their first meeting to review last school year, which included organizing fundraisers, having a soccer tournament, participating in a cooking lesson and celebrating Carnivale, Mardi Gras, Christmas and Halloween.
“We’ve done a variety of things,” Glover said.
The French Club is open to students in grades 6-12, and students don’t have to take French class to be in the club. The Quebec trip is for students in grades 7-12. To go on the trip, students have to regularly attend French Club meetings this school year and remain in good academic and behavioral standing.
Visiting Quebec is an enrichment activity to expose students to the metropolitan European feel and immerse them in the culture, Glover said. Students will learn some history as part of the trip through reenactments and will learn about the sugaring process, she said.
Students are starting to ask questions such as what the travel time will be, what the bus will be like, whether they will get help understanding what people say to them in French and what they will get to see and do, Glover said.
“They’re getting super excited,” she said.
To make the blankets they will be selling on Columbus Day Weekend, French Club members worked with Poland substitute teacher Anne Christophory, who was born in France. The blankets are soft fleece and would be great to use during outdoor school sporting events, Glover said.
Students are already planning additional fundraisers such as a pancake breakfast, bake sale and car wash. The more money students raise, the less that club members will have to pay to attend the trip, Glover said.
“I believe that they appreciate it more when they worked hard to achieve that,” she said.
Fundraising for the Quebec trip could also set the stage for potentially trying to raise funds for a trip to France someday, Glover said.
Additionally, fundraising is a bonding experience for the students – especially because the club includes students who are a wide variety of ages, Glover said. Because of the fundraising efforts, students won’t begin the trip feeling like strangers, she said.
“They start to really become close,” she said.
Poland Central School District ninth-graders Madison Altamura (left) and Ryan Basel (right) hold up an orange and blue blanket that Poland French Club members made to sell as part of a fundraiser at the Poland Booster Club Fall Festival and Columbus Day Soccer Tournament at Kuyahoora Valley Town Park on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7.
Poland Central School District French Club members work together to make blankets to sell for a fundraiser at the Poland Booster Club Fall Festival and Columbus Day Soccer Tournament at Kuyahoora Valley Town Park on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7.