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Local students make a French connection

The two exchange teachers, Sylvie Bushouf, a history and geography teacher, and Natalie Monfort, a philosophy teacher, said while this is their first exchange program with an American school, they have been doing programs with other countries.

"We have exchanges with Germany, Italy, America, England and Spain," said Bushouf. "It's very important to have an exchange program for our students to see all of the countries. I think it's very important because I've seen students have a clichE image of America. When they live with American people, it changes."

Bushouf said she enjoys traveling and when Benthou offered them a chance to come over to the U.S., she did not hesitate.

"I'm really happy to be here," said Monfort. "For a lot of the students, America is a dream. It's very interesting to meet different people. Solidarity is very important."

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