Wednesday was a big occasion in Espanola. About 700 elementary and high school Francophone students from along the North Shore gathered in town to celebrate Franco-Espo. The students marched to the Red McCarthy ball field where they took part in games and had a barbeque. Franco-Espo recognizes the region’s Francophone presence. Students from Elliot Lake, Spanish, Blind River, Espanola and Lively took part.