Members of Taft's French Club joined with French IV students to celebrate National French Week last week, an annual event first organized 17 years ago by the American Association of Teachers of French. The weeklong celebration featured themed days across the nation, which included a French take a wide range of things, including food, technology, community, and the arts.
At Taft, the French Club sold macarons on Parents' Day to help fund National French Week activities. The money they raised went toward things like croissants, Nutella, and Eiffel tower trinket boxes, which were hidden across campus, each with a fun-French-fact trivia question inside.
"Students who found the boxes were encouraged to Google the answers to the trivia questions, then come to my office to claim a prize," explained French Teacher Sarah Gray. "They seemed to be very excited about the prize, but also about the facts they learned in the process."
French students and faculty also hosted two conversation tables at lunch during National French Week, and planned a crepe dinner Friday evening. The most popular event of the week, however, was the French-themed lip-sync battle and Nutella croissant bash. More than 100 students lip-synced in Black Box to French songs and American songs with French references, while noshing on chocolate-hazelnut topped croissants.
"There is a Facebook group that documented National French Week celebrations across the country," said Gray. "It was great to see the creativity people brought to the week, and the enthusiasm that was generated for all things French and Francophone. I look forward to continuing to grow the celebration here at Taft."