Support Smith's Belgian Exchange

Why does Smith Middle School  have an 11-year exchange program that is open to all who qualify academically and behaviorally? 
To develop global citizens that use 21st century skills to interact effectively in our diverse world. 
Our program has grown over the years thanks to the European Union's awarding Smith and the Chapel Hill Carrboro City school district three "Getting to Know Europe" grants. Please consider partnering with the EU to help our students and teachers experience Europe in an authentic context. Our theme this year is Global Health and Wellness

What do we do? 
Teachers and students travel together to France and Belgium to explore European and American history, learn first-hand about the European Union and discover European life by staying with a host family. 

Where do we go and why? 
Paris - visit historical monuments and museums, use the French language to shop, order food and interact with the general population as well as appreciate the architectural wonders of this beautiful city
Normandy - respectfully reflect on American sacrifices on the D-Day beaches, American cemetery and Point du Hoc as well as appreciate the  American/French/Belgian historical and current alliances.
Brussels - to visit and understand the mission and structure of the European Commission and European Parliament on March 25th and share our learning via teleconference with students at Smith Middle. 
Liege- to live 6-7 days with students' Belgian pen pals and their families, attend classes at Saint-Benoit Saint-Servais (students' middle school ) and discuss our trip's theme: Global Health and Wellness.   

What is the Belgian Exchange's focus for March 2013? 

This year’s focus for our trip will be global health and wellness.  As we will be traveling with a student who has cerebral palsy and perhaps another child with autism, our young travelers will experience the world through the struggles of a handicapped peer.  During our travels, we will investigate barriers to movement, current medicines that address ongoing health challenges and promising new-age innovations that bring us closer to a healthy world. We hope to visit a hospital in Paris and / or a pharmaceutical or biotech company in France or Belgium. 

How can YOU help us make this happen? Benefits to your company?

Please partner with us and the European Union to develop global citizens for all who qualify regardless of  financial circumstances. 

Please help us keep this 11-year international exchange program available to all students regardless of economic circumstances.  Read an article I wrote for a federally-funded organization based in Washington: National Capital Language Resource Center

Please click here for a flyer that explains how you can support this unique academic enrichment experience. 

For a donation letter, click here

Click here to watch a UNC TV documentary by Rob Holliday on the 2009 trip 

For more information, contact Robin McMahon

March 2009 trip to Paris, Normandy and Liege