Eighty percent of the gym-construction and –furnishing project, which cost U.S. $272,000, was underwritten by the France-based Hope for Armenia organization, through the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s French affiliate. The remainder of the financing was provided by the Spitak Municipality. At 288 square meters, the new gym features a complement of modern amenities such as locker rooms, a shower room, a coach’s office, and restrooms.
The festive opening ceremony was attended by a delegation from the Hope for Armenia organization, led by Rev. Rene Levonian, president of the Evangelical Church of Armenia. Other guests included Lori governor Aram Kocharyan, Spitak mayor Gagik Sahakyan, Marseille mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin, and Hayastan All-Armenian Fund executive director Ara Vardanyan.
The guests received an enthusiastic welcome from the school’s students and principal, Melanya Matevosyan, who conveyed her gratitude to the project’s benefactors. “I thank you all so much for providing our schoolchildren with this wonderful gym,” she said in her remarks.
The honor of cutting the red ribbon was given to Jean-Claude Gaudin and Ara Vardanyan.
“I think it’s very important that our benefactors are here with us today, that they have personally witnessed the high quality of the gym project,” Vardanyan said in his address. He went on to add: “I am certain that soon we will launch a string of new initiatives in Lori. We have already presented the blueprints to our benefactors, and currently we’re awaiting their approval.”
Also delivering remarks and conveying their thanks were Governor Aram Kocharyan, Mayor Gagik Sahakyan, Rev. Rene Levonyan, and various benefactors.
In 2000 the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund built and furnished the No. 2 School’s new wing, which can accommodate 300 students. The project was initiated by the fund’s French affiliate.