French school reopens with cultural appreciation week in Lansing

As students across Greater Lansing return to the classroom, a different type of school is reopening for the first time in more than a year.

After 18 months of virtual instruction, Gaëlle Cassin-Ross will welcome students back to Aux Petits Soins, a French language school where she gives private and group instruction for children and adults.

Cassin-Ross opened her school six years ago. A native of Paris with a Ph.D. in plant physiology and biochemistry, she moved to Lansing in 2009 for a postdoctoral research job in Michigan State University’s Plant Research Laboratory. After multiple locals heard her speaking French to her eldest son de ella in public and asked where they could learn, she had the idea to open a community center and school of her own, she said.

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