Acadians are known for being the original settlers of the St. John Valley hundreds of years ago. With the highly anticipated World Acadian Congress coming up this summer, students from the Fort Kent Community High School were inspired to learn more about their Acadian roots..News Source 8′s Angela Christoforos reports…
Students have head their heads in the books at UMFK’s Acadian Archives; busy researching their Acadian roots.
French Teacher at Fort Kent Community High School Robert Daigle said, “Over 3/4′s of my students have found links to the founding Acadian families.”
“It’s always exciting to find out where your family is from, and go all the way back to France and Quebec. It’s a part of who you are and sometimes you can find really inspirational stuff,” said student Rudy Martin.
Students used genealogical resources to trace back to their Acadian ancestors that settled in the St. John Valley over 200 years ago.
“I noticed that my ancestors come from Quebec originally, and date back to Orlayon, and my original ancestor’s name is George Jandreau,” said student Lance Jandreau.
According to Daigle, 75% of his 70 students descend from Acadian ancestors.
“It would be a mistake for our school systems to not educate students about their Acadian roots with this humongous Acadian event coming up,” said Daigle.
Ten of Daigle’s students will also be visiting their ancestors points of origin in Western France from March 25th to April 4th. The Acadian Roots Project is funded in part from a grant from the Maine Acadian Heritage Council.