Murray Middle School and Ashley High School have participated in a student exchange program with Strasbourg Amities in France for many years, building lifelong relationships between host families and participating students. On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, Michèle Huntz, President of Strasbourg Amities USA, traveled from France to donate $7,300 to families from Murray and Ashley schools who were impacted by Hurricane Florence.
“Our families in Strasbourg were touched by the events of the disaster of the hurricane that impacted our friends in Wilmington. It is a friendship that resulted from years of exchange between the two cities, and we were happy to help,” said Ms. Huntz.
Principals Patrick McCarty of Ashley High School and Philip Sutton of Murray Middle School were on hand to accept the donation. Soumia Paull, French teacher at Ashley High School, serves as the coordinator of the American/French exchange program for New Hanover County Schools. In early April 2019, families from Ashley High School and Murray Middle School will welcome thirty French students who will shadow NHCS students at school for one week, then spend the Spring Break vacation with their host family.
Strasbourg Amities USA was created by several teachers who were eager to promote the English language through sport, cultural and travel events. In an effort to promote global education, French students travel to Wilmington and spend two weeks with a host family, improving their fluency in English. In exchange, the hosting student is entitled to stay with the French student and his/her family in France for two weeks in the summer with French teachers as chaperones. For more information on Strasbourg Amities USA, visit http://www.strasbourg-amities-usa.fr/.