Students from École Nouvelle Frontiere are requesting that the City of Grande Prairie name one of its streets in French and also hang a Franco-Albertan flag at the entrance to the city.Nearly every student at the francophone school had each written a letter to the mayor in support of this request, while a handful of students visited city hall with their school flag Wednesday to read their letters in person.“It started with the idea that we learn kind of where we’re from because most of our kids are Franco-Albertans,” said Principal Michelle Hunter. “By that idea just came the idea as the teachers—maybe the kids—could suggest a French name (for a street).”Students offered different suggestions for a specific street name, such as “École Nouvelle Frontiere” after the school, but Hunter emphasized that the student body was united in the general request.
Students from École Nouvelle Frontiere and executive assistants to the Mayor inside city hall in Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
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In recent years, École Nouvelle Frontiere students have written letters to businesses advocating for Francophone options. Hunter noted how students in 2017 managed to get McDonald’s to provide French-language options for Happy Meal books at locations in Grande Prairie and Peace River.Hunter also agreed that this exercise helped teach students a more general lesson about how to advocate for a cause.Although Mayor Bill Given was not available to listen to the students himself, his executive assistants accepted the letters on his behalf for consideration.“I know the mayor would have loved to be a part of something like this,” Hunter said. “Our schedules just couldn’t combine. Of course, I would love to see that flag up more than anything when we enter the city because we’re all voyagers.”