From Petersburg, to Paris, French students from Vernon Johns Junior High School raised $120,000 to go on the trip of a lifetime. They are now headed to Paris, after a Petersburg resident donated a house to help with fundraising efforts.
The students sold raffle tickets for the $60,000 house, and received a scholarship grant for the trip courtesy of EF Tours, an educational global travel company.
Vernon Johns French teacher Christine Alegue was born in Paris, and will show the group of 32 parents, teachers and students the city where she spent most of her life.
"When they see French culture through their own eyes, they will improve in their language skills and fall in love with France," Alegue said in an interview Tuesday. "Most of these students haven't been on a plane before, so they're thrilled to be going."
The students will spend eight days in the French capital, and a weekend in London. Alegue's classes have practiced conversation situations, and are eager to begin making memories abroad.
"We're going to be in so many different situations that you can't help but take home memories of everything that's happened," said Vernon Johns student Janyse Edmonds Tuesday. "I love art, and I can't wait for the moment when I see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre."
Vernon Johns students hope to make the trip an annual event, and also held carwashes, candy and pizza sales to pay for the trip. The students will arrive in Paris Thursday.
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