Thanks to Mrs. Crozon’s contribution of 10,000 euros and through the efforts of the Hayastan All-Armenian 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 a hanger for each of the five classrooms.
Mrs. Crozon received a warm welcome by 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 cross stone was erected in commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. I came to know and love Armenia through my many Armenian friends.”
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 Hayastan All-Armenian Fund.
On his part, 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.