A French connection continues in Honeoye

France does not celebrate Halloween, so exchange students visiting Honeoye Middle-High School this month were in for a special treat Thursday.

Art students of Jane Alden and Tim Williams annually carve pumpkins donated by local farmers for the Ontario Pathways Great Pumpkin Walk. This year, they invited the 9-12 French classes, knowing they had special visitors from overseas.

“They thought it was really fun,” said French teacher Penny Hensler. “They were really getting into it. They love the events; dressing up, Halloween decorations.”

The Honeoye Central School District is hosting 34 students from Rennes, France — the sister city of Rochester — along with the Gananda Central School District, which is hosting 18.

The American students had a great time too.

“Madame, this is so cute, isn’t it?” Lucia Samuel asked Hensler, holding up her finished pumpkin.

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