A group of 55 eighth-grade French students, parents and teachers from Warrenton Middle School, traveled to Québec City, Canada, to engage in a French-immersion adventure during the week of January 15-21. Led by French teacher Mme. Jennifer Piercy, the group enjoyed various activities, including dog sledding, snowshoeing and meeting their pen pals. The students also visited the only ice hotel in North America and spent time tubing and tobogganing on a 135-year-old toboggan slide right along the St. Lawrence River.
It snowed almost every day, and the travelers experienced temperatures in the -30’s with the wind chill factor. Due to une tempête historique, a historical storm, this was the only class in Warrenton Middle School’s history to be “stranded” in Québec for an extra night. The students considered themselves “so lucky” to get to stay another night to ride out the storm and make it home safely.
“I saw and did so many amazing things, and I would definitely do it again. I rate this trip a ten out of ten,” raved student Kaitlyn Soldon.
Other students were in total agreement. “Their money is really cool, and the U.S. should use dollar coins more, but most importantly, I learned to get completely dressed in snow clothes in 10 minutes,” said Emma Glenn. “I loved the trip and would do it again in a heartbeat, and I especially loved making maple butter,” added Patrick Jordon.