Some Strathcona County students recently had a unique opportunity.
 
Grade 9 students from Fultonvale Elementary Junior High travelled to Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site from May 9-11 for a trip intended to improve students' French-speaking skills and immerse them in French-Canadian culture.
 
Students were mentored by Pierre Alexandre-Dion, a francophone and guide, who offered insight to students on French-Canadian heritage and traditions.
 
Over the course of the three days, students camped in tents, made their own French-inspired meals - including fondue and crepes - and participated in a variety of activities such as games, hikes and a scavenger hunt.
 
"It was a great opportunity for student to see first-hand how their French skills can benefit them," said Amanda Homeniuk, a teacher at Fultonvale who oversees the annual trip. "It's not every day that we get to learn traditional French culture from someone who has truy lived the experience."
 
Students are encouraged to communicate entirely in French over the course of the trip.
 
This is the third year Fultonvale students have had this opportunity.

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