B'ville: Baker's Cercle Fran ais wins national grant

In November, two activities were opened to the entire school free of charge: an after-school annual cr pe celebration and that evening, a feature-film, Le Petit Nicolas, where refreshments were served. The club held their annual Applebee's pancake breakfast where about 20 gift baskets were prepared and a grand prize of a Lance Armstrong RadioShack Tour de France 2010 last day jersey were raffled off. The club was delighted to be able to make a donation of almost $2,000 to Paige's Butterfly Run.

The following week, the club was busy baking bleu-blanc-rouge cupcakes for a club meeting. It was an honor to welcome a Manlius WWII hero and L gion d'Honneur honoree, Mr. Patrick Heagerty, who entranced the group of 83 members for the third time in six years. His regiment was part of the Provence invasion where he was wounded, after which he walked to Besan on. He is a former history teacher from F-M, and he drew the students into his story. The chat continued during a reception.

This year, there is a French student at Baker. Margot Courtois is an active member of French Club and the advanced French classes, and kindly spoke of life and school in her village along the northern coast of la Bretagne to the classes.

It was a busy autumn and the winter promises to be equally as busy. One of the club's members, Nicholle Gerde, recently returned from Haiti where she spent three weeks participating in the continuing relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake. The club makes and sells chocolate roses to Baker students for Valentine's Day, and all proceeds will go to her trip. The club continues to hold fun, monthly meetings and members are counting the days until they leave for France in April.

Abbe Guillet is a French teacher at Baker High School, and the advisor for Cercle Fran ais.

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