En Alaska, on parle aussi français à l’école maintenant!
On Sept. 19, the Consul General of France in San Francisco, Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first French/English Dual Language Immersion program at O’Malley Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska.
Immersion programs have existed in the Anchorage School District since 1989. The French program welcomed 54 kindergartners for the first time in August 2019 thanks to the grassroots efforts of the school, the district and the “French Language Advocates” association. Children study for half of the day in French and the other half in English. An additional grade will be added each year until 2032, when the K-12 continuum will be complete and the first class will graduate.
Also in attendance were Superintendent Dr Deena Bishop, Anchorage School District Director for World Languages and Immersion Programs Brandon Locke, Representative Laddie Shaw and “French Language Advocates” President Molly Gottstein. A special recognition to Anne Adasiak-Andrew, who created the “French Language Advocates” association and has played a key role in the process that led to this program.
Photos : Robert DeBerry