The City of Burlington and the Alliance FranÃ§aise of the Lake Champlain Region (AFLCR) will host a special flag-raising event on March 24 in culmination of a series of French cultural events celebrating French month. Mayor Bob Kiss will attend the event and welcome French Consul GÃ©nÃ©ral Christophe Guilhou, as well as other officials and community members. The event will begin at 5 pm in Contois Auditorium, where a French ‘friendship’ flag will be formally presented to the City by Consul GÃ©nÃ©ral Guilhou. Following this, a color guard of the Burlington Police and Fire Departments will perform a ceremonial flag-raising outside of City Hall on Church Street. The ceremony will also feature music by the Vermont-based Franco-American musical group Va-et-Vient. The event is free and open to the public. The flag to be raised is that of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (International Organization of French-speaking Nations), established in March of 1970 and numbering 75 member entities worldwide. For more information about the AFLCR and its schedule of French Month events in Burlington, please go to the AFLCR website at: http://aflcr.org/(link is external). At 6 pm following the flag-raising, Honorary French Consul for Vermont, Ernie Pomerleau, and the AFLCR will host a wine tasting at the BCA Center, 135 Church Street. Attendees at the ‘5 From France’ wine tasting will sample wines from the Hexagon presented by oenologists Donald B. Macdonald III and Katrina Church. French chef Robert Barral of CafÃ© Provence in Brandon VT will prepare sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, and the Queen City Hot Club quartet will perform. Tickets for the wine tasting at $38/person are available from the Flynn Regional Box Office in person, at (802) 863-5966, or at http://flynntix.org(link is external).
Versailles, In. — The South Ripley Community School Corporation is exploring the viability of E-Learning. The program creates different options for staff development, class availability and maintaining academic progress during inclement weather.Superintendent Rob Moorhead says planning started six years ago and devices were provided for students two years later. Once approved by state officials, staff professional development can be scheduled while the daily lesson can be completed online from home.Moorhead is interested in completing the implementation in a deliberate, structured manner so the program can be adjusted as needed to fit the needs of all stakeholders.This summer there will be four professional development days designed to prepare teachers for the possibility of e-learning. Following the training, students will be directed to stay home for one day in September and one day in November to complete classes online while teachers conduct professional development at the school.The Indiana Department of Education is reviewing the request for approval from school officials.