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French Students from Natick High School Visit State House

November 8, 2010

A group of nearly two dozen foreign exchange students from France visited the State House for a tour recently. The students, who have been staying with host families in Natick, met with State Senator Richard Ross and Puja Mehta from Senator Karen Spilka’s office for a picture on the grand staircase and a guided tour. While on the State House tour, the students made stops at the House chamber, Senate chamber, Hall of Flags and Doric Hall.

“I’m so pleased I was able to meet with such an intriguing group of students,” said Senator Ross. “Foreign exchange programs are great as they give students from all around the world the opportunity to experience different cultures and traditions. These students not only were able to see a great historic building but hopefully get a better understanding of what makes our democracy great and what went into making it one of a kind.”
“Understanding other cultures and experiencing foreign countries is crucial to succeeding in the 21st century economy,” stated Senator Karen Spilka, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.  “Natick high school students are getting a tremendous boost in this area through hosting students from another country.  I’m proud that Natick is participating in this exchange of friendship and learning, and I’m proud to welcome our French visitors to the Massachusetts State House!”
The students were accompanied to the State House by Natick assistant vice-principal Julie Bouvry and will depart for their trip back to France on November 8th.


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