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Irvington Students Raise $3,500 For Charity During National French Week

Irvington Middle School students celebrated National French Week with a number of events that were designed as fundraisers for Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian aid organization.
Irvington Middle School students celebrated National French Week with a number of events that were designed as fundraisers for Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian aid organization. Photo Credit: Contributed
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IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Irvington Middle School students celebrated National French Week -- and raised more than $3,500, with a number of events that were designed as fundraisers for Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian aid organization.

National French Week was Nov. 2-6.

“Thanks to the tremendous support of our middle school community, we were able to raise over $3,500 for Doctors Without Borders,” French teacher and French Club adviser Deanna Tessler said.

More than 30 students, who served as French ambassadors, prepared and presented information to their peers about French Week and the humanitarian organization.

Students in the classes of Deborah Scofield, Christina Mitchell/Allicia Rios and Gregg Pernick raised the most amount of money in their grades and were treated to a homemade chocolate croissant breakfast.

Throughout the week, the students shared various French expressions each day during the morning announcements, displayed posters they had made about French words and expressions in the lobby, and participated in daily schoolwide contests.

During lunch, students bought French wristbands, which got sold out on the second day, and were offered several prizes of macaroons, both edible and hand- knit.

New this year was the students’ “trip to Paris,” for which they posed in front of an Eiffel Tower backdrop with fun props and took a Polaroid picture.

“The high point of the week was our French Food Festival, at which we shared Madeleine cookies with everyone at Irvington Middle School as our thank- you,” Tessler said. “We also sent some Madeleines with that evening’s Midnight Run.”

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