Lincy Foundation Grants $110,000 To Keyan School

FRESNO—The Board of Directors of the Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School announced the receipt of a $110,000 grant from the Lincy Foundation.   

“I shouted with joy when I opened the envelope from the foundation. We thank God for the Lincy Foundation, its benefactors, executives, and all who placed such confidence in us.  Bless each,” said CKACS Principal Sophie Mekhitarian.

Funds from the grant will be applied to the school’s various expenses and provide scholarships to needy students.  A portion of the donation also will be used to purchase computer-based or interactive whiteboards for the elementary school classes.  These teaching devices essentially represent the 21st century version of the chalkboard or overhead projector.  They bring to life words and images and have been found to stimulate thought and teacher-student interaction at the primary school level.   

“Studies show overall improvements in participation by students and considerable grade improvements as they grow in understanding of the material because it’s so interactive.  This generation is so savvy with electronics that it’s easy for them to follow material presented with direct involvement,” commented Mekhitarian.   

Last year, the school received a special grant for the development of a playground.  Thanks to Lincy Foundation funds, CKACS student now enjoy a large grassy area for field sports, two full basketball courts, and numerous other recreational opportunities.

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