Pilibos Students Become the Teachers

Pilibos high school students teach pre-schoolers about Armenian traditional music and dance

BY LEANA ARABATLIAN

The old adage of see one, do one, teach one rings true at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School. During Armenian Cultural month, Pilibos students have been busy with many activities and learning opportunities where they could further explore what it means to be an Armenian living in the diaspora, to embrace their heritage, and celebrate their identity. From K-12th grade, students participated in numerous events, including a day-long event, “Unity Through Music,” a ceremony where students exhibited their talents to raise awareness for Syrian students and schools, they honored the Prelate for the Western Prelacy, His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and His Eminence Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian, Prelate of Aleppo. Once inspiring highlight was the moment the high school students decided that they needed to share their knowledge and experiences with our youngest students from the Pre-School.

Pilibos students with traditional Armenian musical instruments and festive garb

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, high school students visited the 2-4 year olds with the intention of educating them on the arts and culture of the Armenian Heritage. The excited toddlers greeted the high school students with open arms and smiles that lit up the room. 12th graders, Aram Manoukian, Ara Ghiulezian, and Daron Assadourian introduced preschoolers to the history and evolution of various Armenian instruments like the duduk, dhol, and sreenk, played some traditional Armenian music, and even allowed the preschoolers to bang on the dhol. 10th graders, Angela Yakhszyan, Julia Sarafyan, and Leana Arabatlian, danced for the Pilibos toddlers, showing them the beauty and tradition of not only the dance, but of the traditional Armenian costumes and embellishments. The preschoolers were also very eager to join the girls in their dance, learning some basic Armenian dance steps and movements.

The presence of the Armenian spirit was palpable during this event. Watching high school students lead the preschoolers, providing them a glimpse of Armenian heritage, and experiencing a real life example of what it means to have preserved our heritage 100 years after its expected demise was truly a humbling moment.

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