Students from Bayonne invited to Daytona Beach
Twelve high school students and two teachers from the city of Bayonne, France, sister city of Daytona Beach, Fl, spend two weeks in the Northeast Coast of Florida.
First, families of students attending the Episcopal School in Jacksonville hosted the visitors.
During their stay, Bayonne’s students were fortunate enough to arrive during a NASCAR competition week and spent the morning at the Daytona International Speedway as guests of the Speedway.
They enjoyed the visit to the track watching a NASCAR practice, visiting the souvenir shops and basking in the Florida sun.
The Business School of Bethune-Cookman University hosted the group for a luncheon attended by faculty of the Business School and everyone had an opportunity to share information and learn about Bethune-Cookman University and Bayonne.
Following the luncheon, students were treated to a tour of the home of Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of the University in the early 1900’s.
Their next stop was the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona State College for an introduction to the photography exhibit. Mr. Ray Cornelius, a French Professor, discussed with the students, in French, the art on display.
Students also enjoyed a few minutes to have a coffee in the atrium of the Hospitality Center at the College before heading for a quick drive to see one of the world’s most famous beaches, Daytona Beach.
They were also received at the City Hall where they met with the Mayor of Daytona Beach, Mr. Derrick Henry. Mayor Henry shared information about the city government and responded to questions from the students. Each student received a pin of the key to the city of Daytona Beach and water bottles with the logo of the city.
The Sister Cities Association of Volusia County enjoys the visitors from our sister city of Bayonne, France, just as the members of the Association enjoy their visits to Bayonne and the hospitality received there.
According to Dixie Blake of the Sister Cities Association, the official sisterhood began in 1998 and has continued successfully since then with many opportunities to increase awareness of both cultures and appreciation of the global connection.
Sister Cities Association of Volusia County
PO Box 2507, Daytona Beach, FL 32115
Article published on February 27th, 2013