Thank you to Amfreville

Amfreville was the first village liberated by Allied soldiers on D-Day, June 6, 1944. With open hearts, volunteers from Amfreville led by Veronique DAUFRESNE invited the NC to Normandy group to be a part of their town-twinning event June 04-08. The students and teachers stayed in tents the village families provided while the veterans and […]

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Getting to know Europe

Dear students, families, community members and our BELGIAN friends, Please join me in thanking the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S. (website)for providing Smith Middle School and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district with four Getting to Know Europe grants since 2007. We are the only secondary school in the nation to receive […]

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Carolina D-Day Veterans

UNC journalist Rob Holliday traveled with the Belgian exchange group in 2009 and created an outstanding documentary called “Globewatch“ which highlights the impact of students and teachers learning about Europe in Belgium and France. Rob also came with us in 2013 and created short videos of students and teachers – these videos (click here for […]

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Proud to be….

..an American. The 4th of July always brings that sense of patriotism that sometimes lies dormant the rest of the year. However, it is in Normandy, France that I find a renewed energy that motivates me to share my love of country and history with my students and colleagues. During our NC to Normandy trip, […]

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Giving Back

LET THE PRESENTATIONS BEGIN Following the most impactful week of our entire lives, the next step is giving back. Without the donations or support of the community, this whole project would have been impossible. Giving back may not be as easy as it should be, considering the experience we had. However, we are going to […]

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Teamwork made D-Day a success

. WWII veterans Ed Chappel and Mark Sumner  traveled for one week with four high school students whose mission was to honor and serve our veterans…and as a team, they did just that: helped the WWII veterans navigate airports, find restrooms, translated not only menus in France and Belgium but most importantly translated expressions of […]

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We Did It

After about six months of hard work and determination, we finally took the adventure we dreamed of. Ed and Mark finally had the opportunity to fly on back to Europe and see the lands that they helped liberate, and get to meet the multiple generations of people that are forever grateful for their sacrifice. Even […]

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Honoring our veterans on Memorial Day

This year Memorial Day is a school day because of inclement winter this winter.  Please take a moment to watch this video created by Mr. Lee Heavlin of Chapel Hill’s VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) C.V. Cummings Post 1900. This video highlights  our local veterans at rest in the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.  Our Envoys […]

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NC to Normandy: The Brady Bunch Goes to Normandy

It’s been a real coaster ride for this whole thing. It’s hard enough to spend the whole day with one person, but just imagine how spending multiple weeks with 4-5 people would be. The struggle is real: we’ve become quite the Brady bunch. Yet that only shows how strong we’ve become, and our raw determination. […]

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Reflections from our European Exchange experience

Please watch the three videos on the European Exchange page and respond to the following questions in the comment box below. Name: (first name and first initial of last name) School: Indicate if you participated in the European Exchange as a traveler, host student, teacher chaperon or something else ( parent of traveler). First video: […]

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