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Scituate signing cements sisterhood with a small French city

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 19, 2010 09:47 PM

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Officials from Scituate and Sucy-en-Brie, a small city near Paris, came together last weekend to sign a Declaration of Intent between the two communities.

The declaration, which links Scituate and Sucy-en-Brie through study, art, and culture, pledges to establish and maintain a relationship between the towns.

“It involves going beyond the school exchanges…everybody in the town participating somehow with someone in another town,” said Patricia Jacquart of the Scituate High Foreign Language Department.

Jacquart, who helped pioneer the relationship, hopes that students will do internships between the two communities and that artists will collaborate on exhibits.

Even residents just visiting overseas will have connections with people in the sister town.

“The possibilities are limitless,” she said.

The declaration was signed on a desk dating back to 1691. According to Thomas Hall with the Scituate Historical Society, the period is fitting, as it is from the same era when the Massachusetts colonies merged with Plymouth Colony to become Massachusetts Bay.

The event was well attended. Many Scituate officials were on hand, including Michael Hayes, chairman of the School Committee, and Selectmen John Danehey, Joseph Norton, and Anthony Vegnani.

In addition, Susy-in-Brie Deputy Mayor Xavier Mathieu and four members of the City Council -- Cedric Musso, Helene Dumont, Oliveier Trayaux, and Michele Debord -- attended.

Frederique Cain, a teacher for Christophe Colomb High School in Sucy-en-Brie, said the signing was only the beginning.

“Not only is this a successful collaboration, over 200 American and French students to get to know each other, to learn from each other, and to discover each other’s culture, but it will also enable to create more [ties between each other],” she said.

For Musso, the president of the Sister City Committee for Sucy-en-Brie, the collaboration represented progress.

“Today, the 'Yes we can' will become 'Yes, we will,' ” he said. “[Besides] when you name a high school Christopher Columbus High School, you are obligated to become an American sister city.”

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