Young Franco-Ontarians stand and wave their flags for the Franco-Ontarian anthem Notre Place

The French schools in Merrickville and Kemptville celebrated their French heritage as part of Franco-Ontarian day last Tuesday. The rain didn’t stop representatives from École publique Rivière Rideau and École Catholique Sainte-Marguerite Bourgeoys from gathering to witness the hoisting of the Franco-Ontarian Flag at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, which flew there in honour of the municipality’s French community all week. The Municipality of Merrickville-Wolford also flew the flag last week at their Municipal Offices.
Because of the rain, the younger children were gathered indoors for the ceremony and to sing the official Franco-Ontarian anthem “Notre Place”.

“They’re the future Franco-Ontarians,” says Principal of the Merrickville campus of Sainte-Marguerite Bourgeoys, Lisa Samrai. “It’s important for them to be proud of their heritage and their culture.”

Representatives from both French schools in Kemptville gather to hoist Franco-Ontarian flag

Saint Marguerite-Bougeoys also held a celebratory BBQ at their Merrickville campus on Tuesday after school. Approximately 150 parents, children, staff and community members came to the BBQ to have dinner, some cake, and celebrate Franco-Ontarian day. The celebration also included an escape room, provided by the company Évasions Mobiles, two bouncy castles, and outdoor games. “Luckily the weather held off for the entire BBQ!” Lisa says.

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