Thursday, April 04, 2002

Some Good News

Teachers can travel to France

        Educators who work or live in the city of Montgomery or in the Sycamore School District may participate in a Teacher's Exchange program with Montgomery's sister city, Neuilly-Plaisance, France.

        The city is accepting applications for educators to spend a Thanksgiving weekend in the French sister city.

        The teachers will live with a host family in France.

        Kevin Reynolds, a member of the Sister City Commission, said a travel package in being put together. He said it is estimated that the total cost, including air fare and some meals, will be $1,200 to $1,500.

        “Host families will meet them at the airport, provide transportation and they will live with a host family,” Mr. Reynolds said. “Neuilly-Plaisance officials have said they can accommodate about 10 or 15 people.”

        He said this is the first time the commission has done a teacher exchange program with the sister city.

        “Exchange programs exist to give participants a cultural, educational and social experience in another country,” Mr. Reynolds said. “This exchange should provide an interesting view of the educational process in France while allowing for a deeper understanding of the region and its people.”

        He said in addition to the time spent in schools, the teachers will have a chance to enjoy the festivities of Beaujolais Nouveau and Salon des Terroirs, a food and craft festival.

        Applicants must be a resident of Montgomery in professional education; an educator in Montgomery schools or in the Sycamore School District, public, private or preschool; or a Montgomery city official.

        To receive an application, visit the city's Web site at www.montgomery- or contact City Hall at 891-2424.

        Benjamin Williams, a member of Boy Scouts Troop 468, has attained the highest rank in Boy Scouting: the Eagle Scout Award.

        Benjamin is a senior at Milford High School. For his community service project, he organized and conducted the construction of a small walking bridge at Miami Glenn Park, near Milford.

        He has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy Prep School in Fort Monmouth, N.J. After a year at Fort Monmouth, he will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

        He is the son of James and Betsy Williams of Milford.

        The local NAACP Council is recruiting students to participate in the 2002 local ACT-SO competition, 5-8 p.m. April 27 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 3212 Woodburn Ave., Evanston.

        ACT-SO stands for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological Scientific Olympics.

        Contact Deborah Guilford at 281-1900 or Gloria Turnbow, 751-2131.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.


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