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Students celebrate French culture with maple syrup

Notre Dame Elementary School (NDES) played host to a Sugar Shack Wednesday, serving up a traditional French meal covered in maple syrup. Teachers and parent volunteers dished out the French favourites to NDES and Dr.
With a little help from parent volunteer Jaime Laturnus, Kindergarten student Brent Hoshowski makes his own maple syrup taffy on a stick at the sugar shack at NDES last
With a little help from parent volunteer Jaime Laturnus, Kindergarten student Brent Hoshowski makes his own maple syrup taffy on a stick at the sugar shack at NDES last Wednesday.

Notre Dame Elementary School (NDES) played host to a Sugar Shack Wednesday, serving up a traditional French meal covered in maple syrup.

Teachers and parent volunteers dished out the French favourites to NDES and Dr. Brosseau School French Immersion students, who thoroughly enjoyed the sweet treats.

“It tastes really good,” said Grade 1 student Peadar Nolan.

Students had smiles on their faces and laughter filled the gym, as they took in French culture.

NDES vice principal Benoit Cote said, “It's been a fun French week.”

The school had a French performing group called L'Unitheatre entertain the students with the play “La Chaise Perdue” Tuesday.

“It's a good time for students to experience and learn about French culture,” said Cote.

After finishing the meal, students lined up for dessert and a turn at making “la tire d'érable sur neige” or maple syrup taffy on the snow.

Troughs of snow were set up inside the school and students were able to spin their own maple syrup taffy from the snow onto their stick.

Kindergarten student Brent Hoshowski gave a short but very accurate description of the dessert.

“It's sweet,” he said with a big grin and a mouthful of taffy.