French language and cultural cruise a highlight for Tyrone Area students

On May 5, students of Madame Smith embarked on a French language and cultural cruise aboard one of the river boats operated by the Gateway Clipper Fleet, from Station Square, in Pittsburgh.
Thirty Tyrone Area High School students participated in the three-hour cruise and had a chance to listen to classic French songs, watch mimes interpret everyday life, and much more.
Students from all over Pennsylvania were aboard the river boat, and the students from Tyrone were a part of a group of 500 others.
Madame Smith said the students were able to enjoy a beautiful view of the three rivers, look at the skyline from the perspective of being on the water and take advantage of the perfect weather of the evening.
“It’s not too expensive to include all those experiences,” said Madame Smith of the cruise.
“Some of the students told me they have never been on a boat or been to Pittsburgh before.”
One of the nicest parts of the cruise was that students were served a buffet style meal, with all French style cuisine.
Some of the highlights of the menu included chicken cordon bleu served with poulette sauce, Au Gratin potatoes, French hard rolls and baguettes, Napoleons and chocolate eclairs.
The night ended with dancing, and the Tyrone students were able to mingle with other students from different schools.
According to the Gateway Clipper Fleet flyer, the river boat cruises have had a tradition for educational outings since the 1960s. The cruises offer students authentic food, insightful lessons, entertainment and fun.
The French language and cultural cruise is just one of the many activities Madame Smith’s students participated in this school year.
Recently, the French Club, led by Madame Smith, decided to transform Joybeans into a French cafe for a day, and aptly named it “Cafe de Tyrone.”
Students dined on delicious French cuisine, including quiche lorraine, mixed salad, baguette, and eclairs and petit-fours for dessert.
While the students mingled and ate, French music played in the background. French symbols adorned the cafe, including the French flag, an Eiffel Tower lamp and impressionist paintings on the wall.
In April, members of the French Club, along with other students, held their first fundraiser to benefit the youth of the Tyrone community.
The students chose to collect money by selling French symbol ornaments that could be purchased for a $1 or more from teachers, students and parents. The ornaments were placed on a wooden tree the French Club decided to call “l’Arbre de Joie,” or the joyful tree.
When the project was completed, funds raised equaled $250 and was donated to the Joshua House. Currently, the ornament tree can be viewed at Joshua House.