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Acknowledgements:

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TRACIE HOBBS, student teacher for her expertise and technology help; for her presentation on Medicinal Herbal Plants; for giving up her lunch periods to help students.

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ADRIENNE DUBOIS who donated crafts for our class fundraiser and made the French costumes for our play and  International Day.

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MBNA  (credit card service company) for the newer generation CPU equipment.  Your donation allowed us to upgrade our computer units to faster Pentium technology.

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JANE SMITH, principal, for her continuing emotional and technological support. I thank her for her time, help and encouragement.  Special thanks for buying PowerPoint, FrontPage, and other computer programs. Thank you for your courage in allowing me to expose my young students to the power of the Internet.  I could not have reached out to these students without your commitment to enlarge my computer center, replace shelves, repair equipment, and for acquiring materials to upgrade my computers.  Your foresight continues by allowing me to  receive additional technology training and providing a university course in the school for my continued advancement. Thank you for the power outlets needed for my classroom's 17 computers. All of the above are the reasons we have been able to grow and experience the World Wide Web.

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DR. PAUL VAILLANCOURT for all the time and effort he has  donated to our classroom. I'm especially grateful for his help in networking my class computers and for coming to my assistance when I had problems with my web pages.

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DAWN SUSEE: for her technical expertise and for being there to answer my many technological  questions.

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LEON GUIMOND, local genealogist,  for his professional  assistance on Parents/Grandparents Genealogy Afternoon.

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STEVE BABIN, UMFK student for volunteering his time to show students how to use PowerPoint and for helping to supervise students on class fieldtrips.

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SARAH, MEGHAN AND ALL OF THE UMFK STUDENTS  who took an interest in our class.  To Sarah and Meghan, thank you for the lesson on French history which set the stage for this project.

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JEAN PAUL POULAIN for presenting such a great French concert and for showing students how to do "La Danse des Canards".   Thank you for putting your heart and soul into our French songs.

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JOHN REINHARDT for showing my students the true value of operas and leaving them with a great love and respect for opera.

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JANICE BOUCHARD, Proprietor of Bouchard Farms, for teaching students the process of growing and processing buckwheat as well making enough ployes to feed three classes!

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RUDY AND BRIGITTE RIOUX, for providing us with a fun day at their maple sugar camp.  They taught students the  maple sugar process  as well as providing them with rolled maple sugar taffy in the snow.

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WALLAGRASS STUDENTS for being our pen pals all year and exchanging local news. A special thank you for sharing their own local history during our Cultural Potpourri Afternoon.

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MRS. KAREN GAGNON for being a second grade teacher of like mind.  Your students have developed  a new awareness of who they are and where they came from, and it's all thanks to you.

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MELANIE SAUCIER, first grader at Fort Kent Elementary School, for entertaining us with an assortment of French songs accompanied by her mom Diane.  Thank you for sharing your tremendous talent.

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MANON OAKES AND ROGER ST. ONGE for showing the class how to play spoons and for entertaining us with the accordion and harmonica. You have left my students with a piece of tradition which is slowly fading away.

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PARENTS for their support and understanding.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience in compiling Pedigree charts and Family group sheets.  Thank you for your interest in researching genealogy on Internet during our  Parents'/Grandparents' Genealogy Afternoon.  Thank you for making the  Parents' Local History Afternoon very special to our young people.  Thank you for finding the time to attend International Day, for the help in supervising on field trips and for all your support throughout the year.  Enjoy your completed Local History/Genealogy Books because they are your written history.

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TEACHERS at Dr. Levesque School:

 JAN MARTIN, Mac-1 and LINDA BOUCHARD,  Grade 1....for working together with me on the cooperative Acadian Cultural POD Meeting.  Thank you both for being willing to work and learn about local history. 

THERESA OUELLETTE, kindergarten teacher and President of St. Agatha's Historical Society, for her participation and assistance on Parents/Grandparents' Afternoon.  A special thank you for bringing in all the family and school history books for adults to review. Thanks for the loan of an adult costume for International Day.

LISA BERNIER, MAC-3 teacher, for sharing her "Chanteurs Acadiens" with us as well as for allowing us the use of her boys' costumes on International Day.

 NICK PATTERSON, art teacher, for the students'  art project on French Impressionism.

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 ELLEN GAGNON AND MARIAN BOURGOIN, teacher aides, for making ployes at our POD meeting.

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FERNANDE DESJARDINS, school superintendent, for her unending support, use of the school website, and her  encouragement throughout this process. Special thanks for taking the time to personally come and support our activities and for providing the support necessary to maintain our class website. 

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JERRY WHITE, former superintendent, for providing me with computers years ago and encouraging my personal growth in technology.  Special thanks for the projector, the extra Internet outlets in class and for encouraging the  use of Internet technology for young students. You were right! Second graders can do PowerPoint!

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ALL THE ADULTS who responded with answers to our students' school history email.

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JASON PARENT, UMFK Director of University Relations and Alumni Affairs, and president of Maine Acadian Heritage Council for attending our Cultural afternoon and for showcasing our project.

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GLENN PELLETIER, my A+ Certification Computer Course Instructor, without whose help I could not have upgraded my old classroom computers, networked my system,  and solved endless technological problems.

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CLEO OUELLETTE, President of Frenchville Historical Society, for guiding our tour to the Frenchville Historical Society. Special thanks for donating a projector screen for use with our PowerPoint presentations.

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CAROL PLOURDE for opening the St. Agatha Historical House just for our class,  and for making the tour of the house so interesting!                   

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THE VOLUNTEERS AT THE VAN BUREN ACADIAN VILLAGE for opening up their facility for us to tour, providing us with information sheets and allowing us to picnic on their grounds.   

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LEE THERIAULT for the excellent tour of the Fort Kent Blockhouse.

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WILLIAM  MELVIN  & LOUIS ALBERT for the courteous and historical presentation concerning the Immigration/Customs facilities.    

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NCI (Northern Computers Inc.) for donating 16 upgraded computers to our classroom.  A special thank you for your generous computer support through the years.            

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MARTIAL & SHAWN GOYETTE for volunteering to build the computer shelving necessary to house the additional computers.

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MARK & BOB GUERRETTE for volunteering to build  5 bookcase units to replace those removed to make room for the new computers.

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AMY GUERRETTE, parent volunteer,  for donating handmade sweaters and jackets as prizes for our class fund-raiser.  The proceeds from this fund raiser allowed us to buy a file server.  Thank you Amy for your time and generosity which you graciously shared with our students throughout the year.

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ROB JOHNSON for providing a tour of and sample demonstrations covering the Biathelon facilities at the Maine Sports Center in Fort Kent.

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GERALD DUBOIS for sharing your love of nostalgia and your extraordinary craft of preserving history in wood. Your presentation was impressive and enlightening. You have given us a real sense of where we came from.

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PTO (Parents' Teachers' Organization)  for the financial backing and gifts of classroom supplies.  Especially thank you for funding the computer shelving project which allowed all my students to participate. Many thanks!

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FRENCHVILLE'S VFW for funding ink cartridges for my printers. You allowed our stories to colorfully come to life. Your donation allowed us more flexibility in our project goals.  Your donation is in every household that received a Local History/Genealogy Book.

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LESTER MICHAUD, high school principal,  for the 17 inch monitors, the sound cards and for solving our web site access problems.

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CONRAD CYR, St. John Valley Technology Vocational Director,   for allowing me to spend extra time at the Voc Ed center to work on my A+ Certification course, for giving me old computers to practice on, and for removing several obstacles in my quest for technology self-sufficiency.