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Many blogs later, local high school students return from France

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The Cape Fear Global Club has returned from their trip to France, and they have plenty of stories to tell. "For many of our students, it was the first time they'd been out of the country, some of them had never been on an airplane before,” said teacher chaperone Kelli Kidwell. “For the first time ever, they realized the world was bigger than Wilmington, or North Carolina, or the United States." While traveling through Europe, students documented the details of their adventures in an online blog. Keith Fraser, a senior in high school, reported, "Going to Paris and picnicking at the bottom of the Eiffel tower and just looking up and seeing the skyline, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre was just so unbelievable and I just think we all couldn't imagine we're eating lunch at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower in France." The students’ fondest memory was undoubtedly seeing President Obama speak. The President was visiting Strasbourg for the NATO summit. According to ninth grader Cole Carter, "The police were all over the city we were in for the first week. I think it was three-fourths of the total police force of France in that one city.” One of the teachers compares blogging to growing up writing about her travels in a journal. "You begin to think what it really meant to you and if someone does read this, what do you need to tell them, as oppose to just telling yourself what you wanted to know or what you wanted to remember. It's almost like you could teach other people through your journal,” said Hilary Peoples. The trip had a few challenges, but the biggest challenge for students seemed to be getting used to French technology. "The keyboards, the letters are all mixed up compared to ours,” said Rianne Whittington. “So we would sit there and we would attempt to type and we would be really slow and they would laugh at us, but you know we tried." This wasn't the students’ only television interview. They were also interviewed about their travels by a national television station in France. They said this trip was the trip of a lifetime, and they have the blogs to prove it!

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Students Trip to France

I am glad that during these tough economic times, when many cannot afford to shop in WalMart or eat at McDonalds, these students were able to prop up the economy of France and have a good time there. There is nothing wrong with educational trips-I just fail to see what is news in all this. Incidentally, did they learn that the French do not care for us very much, in spite of Obama's speech?

I don't quite understand why

I don't quite understand why the first person to comment on this article has such a negative view towards the wonderful experience these children had. These are local high school children who have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to meet peers from around the world and be immersed into other cultures. Opportunities like that don't come around every day, so it should be embraced instead of being belittled because of unknown reasons. Yes, the economy may not be at its peak, but that is no reason for these children to have to turn down such a wonderful opportunity. From the appearance of the blogs, it seems like these children had the trip of a lifetime. I fail to understand how such an incredible time for our local high school children is NOT news.

oh because that makes sense

I guess spending thousands of dollars on plane tickets from Wilmington to Charlotte and Charlotte to Frankfurt flying US Air doesnt really help the airline business or US economy. I mean how dare these students experience a different culture and exposure to an abundant amount of history. And I guess incidentally if you had any idea what you were talking about the French actually are fascinated with America, grateful for what this country has done for them, and are extremely excited for our new president. This was an exchange as 30 students from France came to America in October, trying to build a relationship with our kids, our future generation. Thank you

oh because that makes sense

I guess spending thousands of dollars on plane tickets from Wilmington to Charlotte and Charlotte to Frankfurt flying US Air doesnt really help they airflight business or US economy. I mean how dare these students experience a different culture and exposure to an abundant amount of history. And I guess incidentally if you had any idea what you were talking about the French actually are fascinated with America, grateful for what this country has done for them, and are extremely excited for our new president. This was an exchange as 30 students from France came to America in October, trying to build a relationship with our kids, our future generation. Thank you