GLENDALE–The five high school principals of the Glendale Unified School District were honored at an Armenian Christmas celebration held by high school Armenian club students at the PDC Center on January 3.
“It was the first time the Armenian clubs from four Glendale Unified School District high schools, as well as the Armenian Parents Club from Crescenta Valley High School, met to hold this holiday appreciation event”, said board of education president Greg Krikorian.
The event included entertainment in the form of Christmas carols sung in English and Armenian by 4th and 5th grade students of Balboa Elementary School . The high school students then presented books on various Armenian subjects as gifts to their school libraries as well as to the principals of Herbert Hoover, Glendale , Clark Magnet, Allan F. Daily, and Crescenta Valley High Schools .
“The students wanted to thank the administrators at their schools for supporting their Armenian student clubs,” said Talin Haroutonian, 18, co-president of the Armenian Club at Crescenta Valley High.
“This is a special day not only for our district but for us as Armenian-Americans because the GUSD is the only public school district that honors us by closing the public schools on January 6 in observance of Armenian Christmas,” said Henrietta Movsessian, a senior at Glendale High School and the student representative on the board of education.
Medea Kalognomos, a board member on the Committee for Armenian Students in Public Schools, spoke about how important it is for students to recognize the schools that they attend.
“It’s heartwarming to see the students give back to the community,” Krikorian said.
The members of the Armenian Parents Club at Crescenta Valley High School prepared a dinner spread for the attendees who included the high school principals, assistant principals, district administrators and counselors.
The president of the Davidian/Mariamian Educational Foundation, Vahik Satoorian, expressed his appreciation to the school district for providing students with Armenian language classes and continuing to support the over 10,000 students, faculty, and staff of Armenian descent who are a part of the school district.