Scituate/Sucy-en-Brie Sister City Committee
600 Chief Justice Cushing Way
Scituate, MA 02066
Report from Sister Cities Scituate and Sucy-en-Brie
I. Spectacular Beginnings: 2010-2011!
In October 2010, 40 students, their teachers, and city council members from Sucy-en-Brie came to Scituate to meet their American host students, teachers and Scituate town officials. During their visit an official intent to create a sister city relationship was signed during a ceremony at the GAR Hall.
In February 2011 40 Scituate and Cohasset students, their teachers and officials from Scituate traveled to Sucy-en-Brie to spend two weeks with their French correspondents getting to know Sucy an the Paris region. On March 4 before an audience of several hundred residents, an official agreement was signed between the officials of Scituate and Sucy-en-Brie to officially recognize the new Sister City relationship between Scituate and Sucy-en-Brie.
In July 11 high school students and two chaperones from Sucy-en-Brie spent two weeks in Sciutate to spend a "Séjour Linguistique" with Scituate host families. During that time they toured Scituate, the South Shorem, and Boston after taking English language classes in the morning. Great new friendships were formed.
II. Immediate Plans for 2012-2013
We are announcing an exchange program called "L'été indien" (Indian Summer) for Senior residents (55 years and older) of Sucy-en-Brie, Scituate and the surrounding area. This exciting opportunity will bring Sucy-en-Brie residents to Scituate between September 16 and September 25 with residents of Scituate interested in meeting new friends, They will explore the local area, experience a leaf-peeping tour, take some English classes and, perhaps, visit New York. In April the host families will participate in a reciprocal experience in France. If you are interested in taking part in this spectacular experience, contact Madame Patricia Jacquart at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
III. Future Plans
Both towns are actively seeking artistic and musical exchanges between Scituate (including the South Shore Art Center the South Shore Music Conservatory) and Sucy-en-Brie. These could include small musical or artistic groups, individual artists or performers holding shows in Scituate and Sucy, as well as joint artistic and musical endeavors created around a theme.
There are two art endeavors currently being discussed. The first is an e-exhibit exchange of student artwork in grades K-12 that would be showcased at our annual "Spring for the Arts" celebration scheduled for May 10th. It would be a venue to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the students from Sucy showcased alongside the art work from our students K-12. The second idea, would an e-exhibit of mural work now in collaboration between local schools, the South Shore Art Center and graduate students from MassArt (the Massachusetts College of Art). These groups are currently beginning the process of developing a series of murals to be exhibited at Cohasset's South Shore Arts Festival in June. The process is being documented to include the creative collaboration between student groups, and the production and installation of their final pieces at the outdoor event. This e-exhibit would be sent to a corresponding summer festival in Sucy.
Announcement of Scituate-Sucy-en-Brie Sister City Event
Since July nine high school students and their two adult chaperones from our Sister City, Sucy-en-Brie in France, have been discovering life in Southeastern Massachusetts thanks to the generosity of families in Scituate and Cohasset. Two college-age students are also staying with families in July and are participating in various water related sports activities. The high school students are involved in a program which includes 8 mornings of formal English lessons and 10 afternoons of cultural and recreational activities. These activities include trips to Boston and Cambridge, a coastal ecological exploration, a whale watch and various beach and boating opportunities. Many of the host families have offered to host group barbecues in the evening.
The Scituate Sister City Community is excited to offer this first official cultural exchange since forming the official pact with Sucy-en-Brie. We hope that members of the Scituate and Cohasset Communites will have the chance to interact with our French guests between July 10 and July 24. One of the chaperones, Madame Hélène Dumont, works for the Sister Committee and is actively researching internship possibilities in local restaurants and hotels for students of the prestigious Ecole Vatel in Paris (Restaurant and Hotel Institute) and the Lycée Montaleau of Sucy (a professional high school specializing in catering, restaurants and hotels). If anyone can suggest names she might contact during her stay here, please write to Patricia Jacquart at email@example.com.