It may only be October, but the Baker high school French club is already in full swing.
With more than half of Baker's French students as members, Le Cercle Fran ais is nearly 100 members strong and has a multitude of goals for its third year. Those goals include promoting the study of language, enhancing instruction, unifying students of French, serving students of French and serving the school and the community. This might seem like a lot to accomplish, but the commitment of its members and the Executive Council: Erin Lawlor, Stephanie Dalaba, Candace Benjamin, Morgan Campbell, Joanna Kenney, Frankie Libbon, Mike Cariglio and Tom Honsinger, make it very possible.
For the Fall, Cercle Fran ais has organized a trip to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., a trip to walk on the Chartres labyrinth at the Syracuse Reformed Church, trips to the Syracuse Opera and Syracuse Stage, and a tour of the exhibit "From Turner to C (c)zanne" at the Everson museum. Also, a four day-long trip to Qu (c)bec is planned for March.
Cercle Fran ais is visible in school activities, such as Homecoming, wearing their newly designed T-shirt, which says on the back: "Beaucoup de petites choses, par beaucoup de petites gens, en beaucoup de petits lieux, peuvent transformer la face du monde." (Lots of little things, by lots of little people, in lots of little places, can transform the face of the world.) They wear them to meetings and while fundraising for Paige's Butterfly Run selling butterfly-shaped cookies at school, holding car washes, and even serving pancake breakfasts at Applebee's. Advanced students also show their willingness to help fellow French students by participating in the Peer Mentoring and Peer Tutoring program.
In celebration of Veterans' Day in November, Cercle Fran ais will be selling American Flags to which students and community members can attach a word of gratitude. These flags will be taken to the American cemetery in Normandy on the next student trip. Last April, students honored 500 of the 10,000 graves of soldiers who died during D-Day, and our goal is now 1,000. They will also be wearing a pin of both the American and French flags.