PARAMUS, N.J.—On March 15, at the annual fundraising event of Sipan Armenian School, Louisa Janbazian, president of the School Board, announced that the school received an Honorary Award from Spitak Seyranyan, the Minister of Science and Education of the Republic of Armenia, “for its legacy of educating and nurturing the young Armenian generation with the Armenian spirit,” and in honor of its 30th anniversary.
The school, Janbazian said, earned this award because of the hard work and dedication of the teachers and principal, Arpi Kevorkian, who teach the students to learn and love the Armenian language and our rich cultural heritage. Janbazian also thanked the Board members, guests and donors for their continued support, and praised the founding members—from the Armenian Evangelical College Students Association of Beirut, Lebanon—some of whom are still on the School Board. Thirty years ago, as new immigrants from Lebanon in New Jersey, this group had the vision to create an environment, outside of the home, where Armenian children could come together to learn their language and history.
Finally, Janbazian thanked James and Maral Sahagian, who graciously hosted the fundraising event at their home in Airmont, N.Y., where the guests spent a lovely afternoon and enjoyed a delicious Lenten luncheon. The proceeds from the event, as well as the generous donations from friends and supporters, will help the school continue with its mission.
The Sipan Armenian School, which meets on Friday evenings at the Armenian Presbyterian Church of Paramus, has pre-nursery to seventh grades. For more information call Principal Kevorkian at (201) 497-5096 or visit the school on Friday evenings between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. at 140 Forest Ave. in Paramus.