Campbell High School Welcomes Exchange Students From Lorraine, France

International Baccalaureate French teacher Mrs. Svetoslava Dimova coordinated a week-long visit between Campbell High School students and French visitors from Charles Jully High School in Lorraine, France. Mrs. Dimova was one of seven teachers in metro Atlanta selected for the collaborative project as part of a Georgia Department of Education exchange program. In 2010, Campbell High School hosted a French student ambassador and signed an official Memorandum of Understanding. Initial collaboration began between a 2010-2011 junior IB class and an English language class in Saint-Avold, France.

Since that time, junior and senior International Baccalaureate French classes from Campbell High School have exchanged e-mails, done cultural and linguistic research, produced Power Point presentations, and created films. Projects were shared between groups during videoconferences.

During spring 2012, Campbell students were hosted by their French counterparts where they were immersed in French culture and language. They attended the Charles Jully High School and stayed with French families in the Lorraine area.

In return for their hospitality, twenty-two French students from the Academy of Nancy-Metz visited Campbell High School for a week and stayed with local families. They spent time in classrooms and participated in extracurricular activities.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, a luncheon was held in the Campbell High School Media Center welcoming the visitors and their special guests. Dignitaries attending the event were (from left to right): Dr. Cheryl Hungerford, Cobb County Deputy Superintendent for Leadership and Learning, Mme. Stephanie Dehove, Assistant Principal of the Charles Jully High School in France, Dr. Greg Barfield, Georgia Department of Education Program Specialist for International Affairs, Dr. Denise Magee, Principal of Campbell High School, Susan Wilkinson, City of Smyrna Councilwoman for Ward 5, and Max Bacon, Mayor of the City of Smyrna. Also attending the event with Mrs. Dimova was Mr. Dan Penick, Director of the Campbell High School International Baccalaureate Program.

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the French students and their chaperones toured downtown Atlanta, visited the Martin Luther King Center, and went to the Lockheed Martin plant. On Thursday, French and American students shared film presentations that they had created for the visit.

Friday afternoon, the guests had dinner in the Smyrna Village, followed by a theater show presented by the Campbell High School Drama Department. Other weekend activities included sightseeing with parent volunteers and enjoying a Potluck Supper.

Submitted by Becky Robinson, Campbell High School