National French Week takes place in schools across the U.S. as an initiative for appreciation of French-speaking culture and heritage organized by the American Association of Teachers of French. Lovett Upper School students celebrated National French Week (November 4 - 8, 2019) with a variety of fun activities and educational speakers.
Former Atlanta Hawks player and basketball Hall of Famer Mr. Dikembe Mutombo visited and spoke about his basketball career and his Congolese heritage. Mr. Mutombo also encouraged students to be global citizens and make a difference in the world.
Upper Schoolers were invited to learn about and play pétanque (a game similar to bocce), on Monday and Friday of National French Week.
Students enjoyed crêpes and macarons while watching the film Les Intouchables (the story was remade into an American version in 2017, called The Upside).
On Tuesday, Georgia Tech Lecturer of French, Mr. Samba Sy, spoke to French IV Honors, French V Honors, and French V/VI classes about his native country, Senegal.
French II, French III Honors, and French V/VI students welcomed Ms. Meron Asres, Instructor of French at the École du Samedi and Georgia State University student. Ms. Asres spoke about her native country, Djibouti.
On Friday, we had a Skype interview in French IV with Mr. Charles-Édouard Hervé and Ms. Marlène Lemelle-Hervé, both natives of Le Hâvre, France.