–35 years of Service to the Community
HOLLYWOOD–On September 7–another chapter opened in the history of Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian school. For the 35th time in its history–the school welcomed students and faculty members to the new school year. Pride and joy could be seen on the face of each student entering the gates of the school. Friends–who had been temporarily separated by the months of summer–tightly embraced each other and shared their stories. New students were awestruck not only by the campus and its ark library and gymnasium complex–but also by the warmth and hospitality of the Pilibos family.
Clinging to their parents and refusing to enter the halls of Kindergarten–the younger ones admittedly did not share the same joy. Some adamantly refused to let go of their parents. Others–comforted by the calm and kindness of their kindergarten teachers–relented–bid farewell–and embarked on the new journey that is the school year.
After welcoming students and parents–Dean of students Charles Loussararian invited Reverend father Viken Vassilian to lead the opening prayer. Student Council president Ara Thomassian–led the pledges and gave a heartfelt welcome to students. On behalf of Archbishop Mardirossian and the Prelacy–the Very Reverend Vruyr Demirdjian–addressed students. A long time Pilibos family friend and community supporter–Senior Lead officer of the Los Angeles Police Department–Dikran Melkonian–addressed the importance of education and student activities in the development of one’s academic and social life. Principal Viken Yacoubian–in his welcoming address–passed along his words of advice to the student body–and thanked those who have tirelessly supported the school and have been instrumental in its growth and expansion. He thanked the members of the Finance and Education committees and all those who have had their positive input in the development and enhancement of the school.
After the brief program–students were directed to their respective homerooms–where they spent the entire day settling in and orienting themselves to their new teachers and classes.