October 13th-21st Jane Ditewig’s French students at RAL and local families hosted 18 French students and two teachers from Saint Jacques de Compostelle High School in Poitiers, France. Madame will travel in the spring with 13 of her students to attend the French high school and complete the exchange. Organized by longtime friends, Longview’s Jane Ditewig and Poitiers’ English teacher Betty Bordier, this is the sixth visit for the French and will be the fifth for the Americans. Generous local families hosted, took the students on short trips, and provided American cultural experiences such as sports, shopping, and even a Thanksgiving dinner. French Club sponsored a welcome crêpe/pancake breakfast, a Seattle Field Trip, a scavenger hunt, a tee-shirt signing party and tee-shirts, and more. During the school day the students shadowed their American hosts and participated in small group immersion activities in French class. Homecoming dress up days, hall decorations, assembly, football game and dance added to the cultural experience. A highlight for all was Justine Augais winning the musical chairs competition at the pep assembly. Tears accompanied the early 5:30 a.m. airport departure Saturday. It was only an “au revoir” though as the same students will be hosting us in March.