Rockford’s French exchange program needs your help

The French Back-To-Back program (FB2B) in Rockford is having additional fundraising efforts to provide an exciting program of both educational and cultural experiences for the French students while they are here in West Michigan. The FB2B program is fully funded by the participating families.

Timbers Inn Restaurant at 6555 Belding Road NE is helping with a fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 4 p.m. to closing, where 15 percent of purchases accompanied by the certificate will be donated to the program. See the Facebook page at “Rockford FB2B Program” to print the certificates you need to present to your server.

Rockford FB2B is conducting a returnable can drive on January 7. They are happy to collect your returnable cans any time before, during or after these formal can drive dates. Contact them on Facebook if you are willing to save cans, and they will pick them up.

The French-American Student Exchange Program (FASEP) is offering this new opportunity at Rockford middle schools. It is a two-week reciprocal exchange between middle school students in Rockford and Bailly-Romainvilliers, France.

The Rockford FB2B team still has openings for additional host families to provide homes for the French students arriving in February. It’s not too late to apply for the program, either as a host-only family or as a full Back-to-Back exchange student. Contact Michelle Williams via Facebook (Rockford FB2B Program) or at (616) 874-2774.

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