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For Immediate Release
June 14, 2010


NEW YORK, New York — On June 12, Pascale Crozon, a member of the National Assembly of France and representative of the Rhone Department, visited the No. 10 School in Abovyan, a city in Armenia’s Kotayk Region. The purpose of Mrs. Crozon’s visit was to witness the fruition of a project which she had personally sponsored.

Thanks to Mrs. Crozon’s contribution of 10,000 euros and through the efforts of the Armenia Fund’s French affiliate, five classrooms of the No. 10 School have been equipped with new furnishings — including 180 chairs and 90 desks for students as well as a teacher’s chair and desk, a bookcase, a blackboard, and hangers for each of the five classrooms.

Pascale Crozon visits with students, faculty and parents at the No. 10 School in Abovyan

Mrs. Crozon received a warm welcome from the school’s principal, staff, and students. During a special event held in the parliamentarian’s honor, the students presented a French-language performance dedicated to French-Armenian friendship.

As she addressed the audience, Mrs. Crozon spoke of the vibrant Armenian community of Rhone. “The Armenian community is well integrated into Rhone’s political and cultural life,” she said. “There is an Armenian cultural center in the City of Villeurbanne, and a few years ago a stone cross was erected in commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. I came to know and love Armenia through my many Armenian friends.”

One of five newly refurbished classrooms is ready for students (center: Pascale Crozon)

In his remarks, No. 10 School principal Vardan Petrosyan thanked Mrs. Crozon and conveyed the students’ and teachers’ gratitude for her gift. The principal also expressed hope that the furniture project would be followed by the establishment of a computer room at the school, with support from the Armenia Fund.

Bedros Terzian, chairman of the Fund’s French affiliate, spoke of the French-Armenian community’s overarching goals with regard to assistance provided to the Armenian homeland. “Our top priority is to help improve the lives of Armenia’s children as well as rural communities as a whole,” he said.

ABOUT ARMENIA FUND USA: founded in 1992, was one of the first of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s 18 international affiliates and serves constituents in all states east of the Mississippi. As a non-profit, non-governmental, nonsectarian organization, the Fund represents all Armenian constituents. Armenia Fund USA is the largest contributor among the 18 international affiliates – supporting strategic infrastructure projects in Armenia and Karabakh. The Fund has adopted a policy to go “Beyond Bricks and Mortar” to provide sustainability for projects it sponsors.

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