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French immersion students in Tulsa learn about Notre Dame fire

Posted at 12:15 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 13:54:44-04

TULSA — The lessons stopped in some classes at Eisenhower International School when teachers learned about the fire at Notre Dame.

Madam Laurence Hall said when she got a text message from her husband letting her know what was happening in Paris, she showed her kindergarten students pictures and videos from the fire.

Hall is from France but moved to the U.S. about 20 years ago.

She said some students were scared when she told them what happened. Others were upset because they had been to Paris before or their siblings have done exchange programs there.

Hall said explaining something like this to children so young can be difficult.

"I think they will remember, because we stopped what we were doing to comment on the pictures, so I think they probably will remember that," Hall said.

About 24 hours after the fire broke out and pictures colored by the students of Notre Dame with flames coming out of the top are hung in the hallway of Eisenhower.

Hall said many of her colleagues are from France too. They spent recess looking at pictures of the fire. She said some cried. She feels like a piece of history is gone.

While the tragedy caught her off guard, Hall said she is thankful that people were able to enjoy the historic landmark for as long as they have.

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