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Irvington High School Welcomes Martinique Students

Students and teachers from Irvington and Martinique at end-of-day sharing experience. French teacher Elizaveta Dukalskaya is on far left.
Students and teachers from Irvington and Martinique at end-of-day sharing experience. French teacher Elizaveta Dukalskaya is on far left. Photo Credit: Debra Kaiser

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – A cultural exchange took place at Irvington High School on Monday as students welcomed their counterparts from Lycée Bellevue in Martinique.

The Martinique students experienced what it was like to attend Irvington High School with several Irvington students in the French program. French teacher

Elizaveta Dukalskaya coordinated the visit with the French embassy and mytransatlanticschool.com , which fosters cultural exchanges between U.S. schools and French-speaking regions.

Two English teachers from Martinique, Corinne Vally and Valerie Sidoine, accompanied their students to Irvington. Students stayed with host families in New Jersey. This was their first time visiting the U.S.

The school visit was the culmination of several months of communication between the two groups of students. Irvington welcomed the students with breakfast, lunch and icebreaker activities.

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