15 SHEEP BECOME NEW KIDS AT FRENCH ALPS PRIMARY SCHOOL
So I’ve heard that the French Alps are just totally beautiful. But the idyllic setting still comes with political and financial challenges. So for one school, locals had to register 15 sheep as students to keep their local school open! The lord may be their shepherd. But they wanted to keep their school open! This is the kind of thing you might think would happen in rural America, struggling to make ends meet with laws that don’t fit the locale and rural needs. But that was certainly true for Jules-Ferry in Crets en Belledonne. The small town boasts less than 4,000 residents.
ALL KIDDING ASIDE, SHEEP AS STUDENTS WILL KEEP ALL CLASSES OPEN AT SCHOOL
But you’d think living at the foot of the French Alps would be utter (or udder) perfection. Yet authorities told the small community that lessons would get scaled back because they didn’t have enough students anymore. So local parents had to think outside of the box to figure out a way to keep the school at full speed for their kids’ education. But 261 kids at the French Alps school just weren’t enough. So the parents tried to highlight their “miserable situation” by enrolling 15 sheep. Sure, it’s just a symbolic move. But we’re even hearing about it over here in the US!
THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT WANTS NUMBERS? WE HAVE SHEEP TO COUNT!
So a local herder, Michel Girerd, provided the “new class.” He and his dog escorted the “kids” to the new school to sign them up, nice and official like, birth certificates and all. Parents and already enrolled human children watched as the new kids signed up with names like Baa-bete and Saute-Mouton. One of the French Alps parents spearheading the sheepish enrollment was Gaelle Laval. She told local media, “National education is unfortunately only numbers. And so now, with this surge in numbers, we are good.” This was the only way to prevent the school going from 11 classes to 10. So the scale back would have left an average enrollment of 26 per class instead of 24. The new flock as class is the only way to satisfy the new limit imposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Surely, this innovative solution is mewsic to the small community’s ears.