Education

From Pittsburgh to Paris: North Allegheny French Students Send Smiles Overseas

This school year, North Allegheny Senior High School French teacher Kylene Stroud wanted to try something different with her students.


This school year, North Allegheny Senior High School French teacher Kylene Stroud wanted to try something different with her students. She wanted to give them an opportunity to use their French outside of the classroom. After seeing a Facebook post asking for cards for patients in a children's hospital in the United States, she wondered if something like this existed in France. She conducted research and found a similar program overseas with L'Hopital d' Argenteuil, a hospital just outside of Paris. She contacted the hospital through Facebook to coordinate a program for her French students to write to patients who were at the hospital for long-term stays or indefinitely. And so began the #HappyResidents program between North Allegheny French students and patients at L'Hopital d' Argenteuil.

Students spent time during Honors Senior and Honors IV French classes to write letters and decorate cards to send overseas. Within a week, the letters and postcards arrived in Paris from Pittsburgh, putting instantaneous smiles on patients as they read correspondence from French students in the U.S. The hospital also shared this great initiative on their social media accounts, sharing thoughts and comments from the residents regarding the letters.

This unique experience was a real-life opportunity for students to use their French to connect with others in a genuine and caring way. For many of the students, this was their first time using French with native speakers outside of the classroom. Making connections through language was a rewarding and authentic experience that Ms. Stroud looks forward to implementing next school year.

How can you start something good?
The Conversation
More stories you may love

How Goats And The Volunteers Who Love Them Are Saving A Popular Park

They're keeping invasive plants from taking over Pittsburgh's Frick Park by doing what comes naturally. For the goats at least!

You Can Take Action To Stop Fraud And Elder Abuse

They're easy targets for thieves and criminals. This is how you protect your loved ones.

Warning: This Community Program Is In Danger Of Shutting Down!

Watch to see why this program that serves children, adults, and people with special needs may go away if people don't step up NOW!

Our Mission
Have you ever felt like there's just too much bad news? Ever felt like the world is hopeless, and you're helpless to do anything about it? We did too. That's why we created Sparkt™.
At Sparkt™, we tell powerful stories about great people making a difference in their communities, and we show you how you can make a difference too. Join us, and together, let's #StartSomethingGood!
Popular
Recent
Sparkt Newsletter
Get positive, uplifting stories in your inbox
Follow Us on Social Media
Download the Mobile App
Sparkt™ is a Rabble Holdings, Inc. Media Brand. © 2020 Rabble Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved.