Four years after launching the district's first Armenian heritage program at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Glendale Unified officials on Wednesday welcomed Armenia's Minister of Diaspora Affairs Hranush Hakobyan to the site.
“I am absolutely thrilled and impressed with how our kids in such a short period can be perfectly fluent in both languages, Armenian and English,” Hakobyan said through a translator.
Hakobyan toured classrooms where students, many wearing traditional Armenian clothing, greeted her with songs, poems and small gifts.
“It was absolutely moving,” she said of her reception. “There are quite a few Armenian schools, but this being an American school with an American curriculum with the Armenian classes, it is in many ways unique, and that is what makes us impressed.”