PERRY TWP.  The French Club students at Central Catholic High School held their third annual mother-daughter tea fundraiser to help raise money for expenses for a trip to Paris, France in April. The French students held an afternoon tea party on March 19 at the high school.

More than 200 grandmothers, mothers and daughters came to the tea to enjoy the food, the desserts, a silent auction and some bonding together time. Julie Russell, French teacher and club advisor, said the French Club students have been holding the teas for the past few years and each one has been a great success.

This year’s theme was "Beauty and The Beast" and was titled "Be our guest, Be our guest and Put our service to the test."

"Students from the French Club baked over 1,000 cookies in the cafeteria this year," Russell said. "We also made the chicken salad croissants and all of the fruit cups. The students will also be serving all the food and the tea. Plus, the club decorated all of the tables with items found in the 'Beauty and the Beast' movie," she said.

There were a variety of activities available for the afternoon including gift basket raffles and a raffle for the American Girl Doll of the year. There was also a station for cookie decorating, pictures with Belle, face painting, bingo, coloring pictures of Belle and Le Bete (the beast) among others.

Russell said there are seven juniors and seniors planning to go on the trip. She said the tea would raise $3,700 and after expenses, students would have $3,200 to help with their expenses on the trip.

"For the past three years, this event has helped raise $10,000 for our French students. I love to see the mothers and daughters come in for an afternoon of bonding. The girls learn about femininity and everyone learns a little bit about French culture," Russell said.

Mothers and daughters filled the gymnasium and were anxious to spend time together and enjoy the tea and cookies.

"This is our first time here, my daughter came for some tea and to spend the afternoon together," said Bernadine Snell.

Michela Oler said, "This is our first time to come to the tea, we thought it would be a special event to spend time together and we want to support the school."