A group of Lionville Middle School students traveled to Quebec City and Montreal in Canada last month for an educational tour.Thirty-two seventh-and eighth-grade French students went on the trip with social studies teacher Dave Wiedlich, French teacher Shannon Gaffney and Principal Judy Groh.

This sightseeing was organized by Jump Street Tours, according to Groh, adding that she was impressed with the company.

"It was a well organized and educational trip," Groh said.

The tour guides not only encouraged the students to use the French language but also kept them busy with developmentally appropriate activities, according to Groh.

Among the trip's highlights, was a visit to St. Anne's Basilica located just outside of Quebec City, Groh said.

Students participated in the Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebration and Jean-Baptiste Day, the equivalent to America's Fourth of July, according to Downingtown Area School District spokeswoman Pat McGlone.

In addition, Groh said the students visited a Sugar Shack, which is a tradition in Quebec.

As part of the visit in Montreal, the students spent time in an underground mall, said McGlone.

While in Montreal, the students ate a Brazilian breakfast and a Greek dinner, said Groh. The students participated in Cirque de Soleil and had to chance to do a juggling workshop. As part of juggling, the students made "flower sticks," Groh said.

The five-day trip began on June 23. The students, teachers and principal had three full days of sightseeing, Groh said.

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