A letter from Kirikian Armenian School teacher, Jacklyn Baltaian, on the 7th annual Kirikian Armenian School Earth Day project. This year’s fundraiser is to help families of the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict:

“Dear Kirikian Armenian School Parents and Teachers,

I would like to extend my appreciation to all who have supported our 7th Annual Earth Day Project. We have collected $1,125.

If you haven’t had a chance and still wish to make a donation, please feel free to hand me over your check (COAF) or cash, at the last day of school or the day of Hantes (Kirikian Armenian School graduation) and I’ll be happy to add it to the total.

This year we will try to help ease the suffering for families of victims and those affected by the conflict in Nagorno-Karabagh. Our contribution to the Children of Armenia Fund will help them provide safe rooms that will offer psychological counseling and crisis management for affected children, parents, pregnant women, soldiers, families of missing soldiers, and other community members.

I’m very proud how our school has became conscious about Earth Day project over the years and it is absolutely amazing to see how numbers are growing each year to support all different causes. Remember how we’ve all contributed to Armenia Tree Project, Pure Earth/Environmental remediation project in Akhtala, Armenia, and our St. Thomas Armenian Church’s emergency gas line replacement, etc.

With Kirikian Armenian School annual Earth Day Project, WE are able to make a difference in someone else’s life or in a very critical event. WE have a chance to teach our children to think about our national issues and how to care and give a helping hand.

I believe with this annual project, we are actually planting seeds, seeds of “OUR FUTURE” into our children’s heart to keep and care. And I know, when the time comes, that deeply hidden seed will become a life and grow for generations to come…

Thank you again for all the families who have supported this project, and teachers who also supported and helped us to collect donations from the students.

Jacklyn Baltaian”