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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2018 SMITHFIELD 3 SMITHFIELD – Honoring 27 years of dedication to teaching the French language to students, Smithfield High School French and Spanish teacher Margarita Dempsey has received a national honor from France. On Monday at the SHS Media Center, "Madame Dempsey" received the Ordre des Palmes Academiques, a designation of knighthood begun by Napoleon Bonaparte and given to French lan- guage and culture educators by the government of France. Dempsey said she was humbled to receive recognition for her work. She said winning the designation was "overwhelming" and an "amazing honor." "I love what I do. I do love teach- ing because I believe it is important work," she said. Some of Dempsey's current and former students attended Monday's celebrations honoring the teacher known for her immersive classes. The 2001 Rhode Island teacher of the year said she gets "extraordinary joy" watching her students communicate in French during their trips overseas. Her daughters, SHS graduates Alexandra Dempsey Bruneault and Elena Dempsey, said their mother is an example of how people who speak two languages do the work of two people. "Our mother's classes were known to be intense," Alexandra said. But, Dempsey offered her students the experience of a lifetime during the "Margarita tour of Paris," provid- ing more than just a language course. Alexandra said she taught students public speaking, grammar lessons, and many fun facts. SHS Principal Dan Kelly said he is very proud of Dempsey, and he remains a strong advocate of French language instruction. "We're here to honor a member of staff for her unique contributions to teaching the French language," he said. Joyce Beckwith, longtime col- league and president of the American Society of French Academic Palmes, said the recognition was not given lightly. She said "Madame Dempsey" is known for her exceptional work in the classroom, as well as her service to expand and advance the teaching of French in Rhode Island and across the United States. "She is always willing to fight for French," Beckwith said. She said nominees wait five to 10 years to be selected for this designa- tion, but Dempsey's came far more quickly. Beckwith said Dempsey works tirelessly with the American Association of Teachers of French helping teachers in six states with workshops, seminars and curriculum. "They know the kind of work she's doing to promote the French language and Francophone culture," Beckwith said. Arnaud Mentre, Boston's gen- eral consul of France, presented the purple ribbon medallion to Dempsey after remarking about her life. The daughter of Albanian immi- grants, Dempsey grew up speaking two languages. She fell in love with "beautiful" French language as a 7th- grader, and traveled both studying and eventually teaching the language to students. He said Dempsey has gone above and beyond the role of educator at Smithfield High School, Bryant University and Rhode Island College. School Committee member Rose Marie Cipriano said the recogni- tion was an exceptional honor for Dempsey and the Smithfield School Department. Supt. Judy Paolucci agreed, and said the district is "very lucky" to have Dempsey. SHS's Madame Dempsey receives award from French government By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Smithfield High School's French and Spanish teacher, MADAME MARGARITA DEMPSEY, was pinned with the Ordre des Palmes Academiques by Boston French Consulate Arnaud Mentre on Monday. Smithfield PD collecting donations for the less fortunate children Christmas Open House at Smith-Appleby House SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Police Department is teaming up with merchants at the Crossing at Smithfield to collect new and unwrapped toys, clothing and gift cards until Wednesday, Dec. 19. Each year the Department dis- tributes hundreds of new toys and clothing to less fortunate children in Smithfield and throughout the State of Rhode Island. There are several collection bins located throughout the Crossings or you can drop off gifts at the police station. Any questions contact Sgt. Kevin Proulx at 401-231-2500, ext. 145 or . SMITHFIELD – Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road, will host a Christmas Open House on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. This event will be an old-fashioned holiday celebration. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, deco- rate cookies in the barn, warm up with hot chocolate, and view a 17th- century farmhouse decorated for the holidays. Cost is $5 per adult; free for chil- dren. For more information, visit or call 401-231-7363. IN BRIEF Call Laura 401-334-9555, ext. 145 Or e-mail it to got a news tip? St. Thomas Church offers candle-lit Celtic service Dec. 9 SMITHFIELD – St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1 Smith Ave., will offer a candle-lit Celtic Service on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m. This service is quiet and contem- plative, highlighted with quiet wor- ship, Celtic chants and music. All are welcome. Visit stthoma- for information. S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. 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