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Friday, July 31, 2020

Exploring our Sister Cities, July 31, 2020


Exploring our Sister Cities


“The gladdest moments, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands”

-Sir Richard Burton     

          Sir Richard Burton was a British diplomat who travelled around Europe, Asia, Africa, and the         Americas.


Our Book Recommendations

One of our four Sister Cities is located in England. Newmarket is considered to be part of the West Suffolk district. See what the Suffolk area of England has to offer when visiting Newmarket. Buy the book from Amazon here


Fast Facts

County Kildare is also a “Derby” town. They host the Irish Derby in the summer at The Curragh Racecourse.

Shinhidaka hosts a Cherry Blossom Festival each year. Nijjuken Road is a famous tourist destination, lined with beautiful cherry blossom trees.


Alumni Spotlight

Our first alum we would like to recognize is Barton Lynch. Barton participated in three of our programs. Starting with the high school Deauville exchange program. He then went on to participate in the Calvados internship program, and he eventually accepted the Deauville teaching assistant program. Currently Barton works as a communications consultant. When asked how his experiences with the Sister Cities program has impacted his life and career path, Barton responded, “My sister cities experience has provided me with the confidence to try new things. I always know that I will be able to figure out anything that's in my path.”

Playlist of the Week

Follow us on spotify to keep up with our playlists! This week, our first playlist that we will release is titled Deauville, France, in honor of our oldest sister city. (Click here to listen). Stayed tuned for the next couple weeks for our other playlists to drop.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

UPDATE FROM SARAH TEASDALE IN DEAUVILLE


     


 Hindsight is supposedly 20/20, but I have to admit that after this whirlwind of a year, looking back I still can’t fully see or comprehend everything that has happened. Between transportation strikes the first half of the year and the COVID-19 pandemic the second half, I think it’s safe to say that this year of teaching has been a little atypical. 
     However, despite the chaos, even if I could go back knowing all that I do now, I would absolutely still choose to teach in Deauville. As the cliche goes, my students have taught me just as much as I have taught them. Watching my students adapt to a new post-Covid normal while they maintain their curiosity to learn has been inspiring. Restrictions have been tough, teachers wear masks all day, classes can only interact with themselves, during recess classes are separated by barriers, and students can’t get within a meter of each other, and yet even with these restrictions the students are still able to laugh, learn, and gain some sense of normalcy, a lesson I think everyone can look to during the uncertainty of these times.
     I could go on and on about the benefits and impacts of this program, but as this blogpost and school year are coming to an end I want to finish by saying just how grateful I am. Thank you to those at Lexington Sister Cities and those in Deauville who gave me the opportunity to teach and meet so many incredible students, you have given me the chance to shape their lives, and by doing so have shaped mine as well. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Andrew's April


Hello everyone,

It seems like I'm always on vacation! The month of April was amazing for me! It started out with a school field trip with my 2nd graders. We took three days prior to the vacations to do a discovery course on water. This class took us to the Mont St.Michel, the "floating city" here in Normandy, and the channel island of Jersey where I got to speak English all day long (a welcomed treat). Leading up to this trip I taught my children directions and they were able to follow any that a guide (or myself) gave them during our time on the island. It was a proud moment seeing 50 students all understand! Upon returning to school, we promptly headed off to our last big vacation. This one Elizabeth and I had been looking forward to for months as my parents were coming to visit, and so was her boyfriend. My parents and I took a week to explore Deauville, Paris (the big sites), Geneva, and lastly to meet my host families from my exchange! Being able to see all my families in one spot, and how well they got along was more than I could ever ask for. Afterward, I took a cool down trip to the city of Rennes with a close friend, then headed back to Deauville to start back school. During this time Elizabeth and her boyfriend got to explore Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Santorini, Greece. At the return of school, I essentially continued vacation for another week as I got to go on another school trip with my 3rd graders to a discovery class on wind. I lucked out and the class was held on the sand dunes of a beach village 2h30 from Deauville. There we spent a week discovering the ins and outs of windmills, yachting, and how to make the perfect kite from plastic. We're currently full swing into the last semester of school teaching food, sports, more directions/places, families, and how to take care of chickens! 


School Trip with my 3rd Graders

My parents and me at the top of the Eiffel Tower

City Center of Rennes

Geneva in full bloom!

Elizabeth and her boyfriend in Greece


Madison's Semester in Caen


It feels strange to be writing a post about my experiences in Caen, the spring seemed to pass by in a matter of weeks, surely a result of all the busy and exciting times here. Since my arrival in January, I’ve been able to visit other countries but I’m most grateful for the time I’ve been able to spend in Paris and exploring Caen. I’ve seen old faces and created memories with new ones, and even had the pleasure of introducing my friends here to friends from the 2014 Deauville Jumelage. The sun has finally started to come out, and it’s becoming harder and harder to tear myself away from the Sunday market and castle to work on exams. Not only have my technical French skills improved, but I have gained a new confidence in speaking that feels natural and real, something that I am glad to have been able to pick up from experiences around the city. I am excited to come home and share all that I’ve learned and seen but I can’t say I won’t be a little sad knowing I’m walking into Monoprix and buying my favorite (and now familiar) foods for the last time. I am so glad to have had this time in Caen and in France, but even more happy knowing that I have these experiences to remember and take home with me. 




Tuesday, April 30, 2019

2019 Young Artist Competition

Chloe Ertel, a students at Frederick Douglass High School, was selected as the 2019 winner of the 31st Annual Lexington Sister Cities Young Artist Competition. 
The Sister Cities Young Artist Competition is sponsored by Central Bank and the John G. Irvin Galleries, as well as the Lexington Sister Cities Commission. The contest was open to all Lexington students aged 13-18. 
The theme of the competition was “Global Citizens: Resilient Communities”. Chloe’s piece, “People of the World”, was done on velour paper with pastels. Of her inspiration for the piece, Chloe says, “I was inspired by the prompt, and how people need to put their differences aside and come together in peace.” The writing in the background of Chloe’s artwork is the prompt for the contest written in four different languages.

Second place was awarded to Chase Faulkner of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for his piece “Resilient Spirit”. Third place went to Maryam Al Azzawi of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for her work titled “Together”. Gwen Ganadillo from Frederick Douglass High School received honorable mention for her piece “World Peace”. Chloe won $250, Chase received $150, and Maryam won $100 from Central Bank. Additionally, honorable mention Gwen Ganadillo was awarded $50 from Lexington Sister Cities. Mayor Linda Gorton, Luther Deaton of Central Bank, and Councilmember and Sister Cities Chairman Bill Farmer awarded prizes to the winning students.  
The winning art teacher, Rebecca Banks of Frederick Douglass, received a $250 prize from Lexington Sister Cities to use for classroom supplies. 

First Place Winner


Chloe Ertel goes to Frederick Douglass High School. Her artwork, "People of the World" has the prompt written in four different languages in the background.

Second Place Winner

Chase Faulkner goes to Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. His piece, "Resilient Spirit" includes animals that represent each country with which Lexington has a Sister City.

Third Place Winner

Maryam Al Azzawi goes to Paul Laurence Dunbar. Her artwork, "Together" shows a beautiful turban with the flags of many countries. The background is made up of a college of black and white photos.

There were 32 pieces from 6 different schools. Thanks to all of the students and teachers who participated!

Chloe Ertel, "People of the World"
Frederick Douglass
Teacher: Rebecca Banks
1st Place

Chase Faulkner, "Resilient Spirit"
Dunbar
Teacher: Deborah Eller
2nd Place

Maryam Al Azzawi, "Together"
Dunbar
Teacher: Deborah Eller
3rd Place

Gwenn Ganadillo "World Peace"
Frederick Douglass
Teacher: Rebecca Banks
Honorable Mention

Najla Amarkhail, "Time for Peace"
Frederick Douglass
 Teacher: Rebecca Banks

Rose Linn, "Together We Can"
Frederick Douglass
Teacher: Rebecca Banks

Kathryn Frias, Untitled
Frederick Douglass
Teacher: Rebecca Banks

Lindsay Maystead, "We Are One"
Dunbar
Teacher: Deborah Eller


Briana Denning, "Helping Hands"
Frederick Douglass
Teacher: Jason Sturgill

Addyson Turner, "The World, Revitalized"
Frederick Douglass
Teacher: Jason Sturgill

Paige Hensley, "Pathway to Peace"
Frederick Douglass
Teacher: Jason Sturgill

Nash Dotson, "Global Graffiti"
Christ the King
Teacher: Tania Zivkovic

Dergham Al-Alami, "The Puzzle of Fates"
Frederick Douglass
Teacher: Rebecca Banks

Ashley Smith, "Garland of Flags"
Frederick Douglass 
Teacher: Jason Sturgill

Sophie Wingo, "Peace on the Horizon"
Woodford County
Teacher: Katharine Marks

Rebekah Dunlap, "Amarie"
Lafayette
Teacher: Sarah Detraz

Jules Stowe, "Dash of Idealism"
Lafayette
Teacher: Sarah Detraz

Shadia Kincaid, "Ringent Opportunity"
Lafayette
Teacher: Sarah Detraz

Linn Nguyen, "Restoration"
Frederick Douglass
Teacher: Jason Sturgill

Molly Thompson, "Resilient Communities"
Christ the King
Teacher: Tania Zivkovic

Grayson Downs, "Sister Cities"
Christ the King
Teacher: Tania Zivkovic

Lina Moammar, "The Origin of Unity"
Sayre School
Teacher: Anne Allen

Dylan Stern, Untitled
Dunbar
Teacher: Deborah Eller

Maria Moreno, "Helping Hand"
Dunbar
Teacher: Deborah Eller

Ryan Willard, "Puppet Show"
Dunbar
Teacher: Deborah Eller

Katrina Baniak, "The Traveler's Collection"
Dunbar
Teacher: Deborah Eller

Ben Cravens, "Working Together"
Christ the King
Teacher: Tania Zivkovic

Samantha Schnelle, "Peace Through the World"
Christ the King
Teacher: Tania Zivkovic

Cassidy Smith, "Holding the World"
Christ the King
Teacher: Tania Zivkovic

Jayan Smith, "Unity Tree"
Frederick Douglass
Teacher: Jason Sturgill

Mary Smith, "The Face for Change"
Beaumont Middle School
Teacher: Jonathan Hall
Lucy Nash, Untitiled
Christ the King
Teacher: Tania Zivkovic