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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Rep. Costa Visits Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School

May 3, 2018
Press Release

Fresno, CA — Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) visited Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School in Clovis where he met with students and faculty and spoke to students about the importance of community engagement and his time serving in Congress. In addition, Rep. Costa heard directly from students about some of the programs and opportunities unique to Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School, the only Armenian school in the state of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Costa’s visit also featured components of Armenian culture, including sharing in a Mezza Table and student performances of traditional Armenian dances.

“One of the great things about our San Joaquin Valley is its diversity and the interweaving of all of its rich cultures,” said Rep. Costa. “Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School – in addition to providing students with a high-quality education – celebrates and engages students in the vibrant Armenian culture that plays a significant role in our Valley home. It was an honor to meet with these remarkable students and dedicated educators today.”

Curtis Shamlin, Principal of Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School, shared, “We truly appreciate the words Congressman Costa shared with us. We thank him for his service to our country and his continued recognition of our Armenian community.”

Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School focuses its educational courses and extra-curricular programs on academic excellence and the development of a rich appreciation of Armenian culture. To do so, the school broadly promotes technology and scientific advancements, visual and performing arts, and Armenian language, cooking, dance, and other Armenian culturally-significant areas.

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