Eight Butte High second-year German students and their instructor, Wendy Schoonen, spent a weekend immersed in their target language and culture just a few miles from home — Homestake Lodge — thanks to a grant from the Butte Educational Foundation.
All participants made a commitment to speaking German from Friday, March 23, until the morning of Sunday, March 25.
Students had the unique opportunity to live in the target language by playing games, watching movies, cooking, baking, laughing, sharing and recreating with German as the linguistic currency, Schoonen said.
Sophomores Forrest Kultgen and Tanner Robison, juniors McKennah Andrews, Baili Connors and Kaitlyn Bennett and seniors Marie Erickson, Ben Macy,and Katlyn Voss dedicated the weekend to preparing for their upcoming school and home visit in Butte’s German sister city in the Black Forest.
Hillcrest Elementary counselor, Andrea Birk, who was raised in a German-speaking home, fielded questions from the students during a mock press conference, and acted as an honored guest during a traditional German meal.