Students of Lycée Nicolas Appert High School in Nantes, France, pictured here, visit Northern Adirondack Central School each year to experience the region and learn about the culture here. Similarly NAC students have the opportunity to visit their "sister" school in Nantes.
“It takes complete cooperation from teachers in both schools,” Marcil said. “We do this without pay, just because we know the value of this program and promote it as a strong educational opportunity.”
Marcil started teaching at NAC 25 years ago, when the school only had two french teachers. Since then, Marcil said the language department has grown to include two spanish teachers and the addition of the sister school in France.
Fellow faculty member Brian Tsingnal said Marcil is a dedicated teacher who has contributed a great deal to the community through his hard work.
“We are very lucky to have him, he’s really doing great things with the program,” Tsingnal said.
The student trip is partially funded by fundraising efforts by students and corporate sponsorship from area businesses such as Stewarts, and Price Chopper. But funding is primarily covered through out of pocket expenses. Marcil said without the help of the community, the program could not have been as successful.
“We are a teeny tiny school district but when it comes to this program we have a huge amount of family, school, and community support that reaches out to help,” Marcil said.