Practice your French, make new friends and have fun – those are just a few of the goals coordinator Cheryl Dowler hoped students would achieve when she set out to create Le Club, a unique after school program that pairs of elementary school-aged French immersion children with Seaton Secondary School’s FI students to hone their French language skills through games, socialization and literacy.
The program, which is facilitated by the Canadian Parents for French (CPF), Vernon chapter, has been run out of the Okanagan Regional Library throughout the months of October and November. Dowler, who is also vice-president of the CPF Vernon chapter, said she got the idea to form the club after discovering a program in Nova Scotia, where the CPF and a local library partnered to pair groups of elementary school children with secondary French immersion school students.
“In Vernon, we have almost 1,200 French immersion students spread out over four different schools,” she said. “I wanted to create a program that would bring these kids together.”
She said initially, Le Club ran as a pilot program in May 2016, But the “overwhelming” number of registration forms indicated that the program would do well if expanded.
She now runs two six-week sessions per school year: October/November and April/May.
For more information on the program visit bc-yk.cpf.ca/chapter/vernon