Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 1, 2013

Northwestern students participate in International Festival

From Staff Reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — INDIANAPOLIS – Northwestern High School French III students recently headed to Indianapolis to educate others about France.

As part of the 2013 Indy International Festival, students spent Nov. 21 through 24 manning the Alliance Francaise d’Indianapolis group’s informational booth. During the school days, local students visited the festival and learned about each country while having different parts of their “passports” stamped. The festival was open to the general public that weekend.

“A couple of years ago, I went down there and there was no France booth, so I thought we could do something about that,” said Randy Teachout, a French teacher at Northwestern High School.

This was the second year he took a group of students to the festival, which had a theme of “heroes and influential people” this year.

“It’s an informational thing where they dig and do research,” Teachout said. “Then they’re learning to interact with other school kids and to represent an organization in an appropriate way.”

Teachout said he appreciates the support of Northwestern administrators in allowing the students to miss class to attend the festival and the Alliance Francaise d’Indianapolis for covering the cost of the booth.