In a unique partnership, high school students updated a French guide to a national park. After translating and updating the Aztec Ruins National Park’s trail guide for French visitors, students at Piedra Vista High School will leave their mark on the historic site.
Since February, the 12 students in Alison Goff’s French Honors 3 and AP French Language class have been working on and off to translate the new trail guide introduced in March, Aztec Ruins park ranger Lauren Blacik said.
“We rerouted the trail in the opposite direction,” Blacik said. “It left us without a French language translation and by luck, Alison Goff contacted me to see if there was any service work that the students could do.”
The students and Goff presented the updated French trail guide to Blacik in the Piedra Vista library Wednesday afternoon and showed Blacik the changes made to the guide.
“It’ll be a wonderful service for the French language speakers to the park,” Blacik said. “We have people from all over the world visit and for them to understand this place and read about it is huge for us.”
The park offers the older trail guide in the Spanish and German languages and Blacik said they hope to translate those in the future.
Goff said it has been difficult for her to find service projects for her French students since Spanish and Diné languages are the most popular languages in the area, aside from English.
“I seriously think it’s the best one we have done since I’ve been here,” Goff said. “It’s the culmination of everything they learned. The (vocabulary), the grammar, their reading skills and comprehension.”
Senior Baylie Locke said the students took a tour of the park before splitting the guide into thirds and figuring out what sections needed to be rearranged.