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April 14, 2012

French students visited Maconaquah High School

Students assisted with high school French class

BUNKER HILL — A Maconaquah High School teacher and her family have been sending letters to France since 1965.

French teacher Marcet Spahr wasn’t even alive then. Her father was a minister at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles and her mother a new bride.

An elderly woman living in the area called the church to announce that her great-nephew was looking for an American penpal. He lived in France.

Spahr’s mother was a French major in college.

“She said, ‘Sure. I’ll do it,’” Spahr said.

And so she started writing to the Montel family.

Fast forward 47 years to a classroom at Maconaquah High School.

Charlotte Montel, a high school senior from France, spoke softly to Spahr’s French class.

She was discussing the differences between American and French schools.

“There is not the same atmosphere here,” Montel said. “We’re more concentrated when we work.”

When she first stepped into Maconaquah High School two weeks ago, she was shocked.

“The first day they were talking, talking, talking,” she said of the Maconaquah students.

In France, students sit quietly at their desks and listen to the teacher, she said.

Spahr invited Montel and some of her classmates to visit America after the pair had corresponded for years.

Montel, four of her classmates and two teachers traveled to Miami County for a five-day visit, which ended Wednesday.

The visitors stayed with host families from Maconaquah.

“My students are going to miss them,” Spahr said.

And she would miss them, too, she said. Especially Montel.

Spahr hadn’t seen Montel face-to-face since she took a trip to France in college to visit her family’s penpals. Montel was 2 years old.

On Tuesday, Montel and her friends walked around Spahr’s classroom. They helped students write letters to their French penpals.

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