YEREVAN, Armenia – On December 24, 2016, the AUA Paramaz Avedisian Building’s first floor corridors were filled with the sound of little footsteps rushing to attend a Sprout Christmas and New Year Party. The event was organized by Sprout – the AUA Preschool English Program. Fifty Sprout children together with their parents attended the event to have fun and participate in an important act of giving.
“We aimed at creating a fun memorable experience for our children and their parents with songs and games,” Melina Nazarian, the Sprout coordinator, says. “But we also aimed for something bigger. We wanted to engage the Sprout family in community service and to teach our children empathy. Our Christmas tree was decorated with angels carrying the Christmas and New Year wishes of the children from two oncology centers in Yerevan. With the generous support of our Sprout Parents and colleagues at AUA, we were able to gather 50 gifts for those children.” The Sprout team hand-delivered and distributed the gifts to the children at the Hematology Center named after Professor Yeolyan and the National Center of Oncology, Pediatric Oncology and Chemotherapy Department.
The Sprout children were also provided with an opportunity to thank their parents for their sacrifices and support. For this, Sprout Santa also brought gifts for their parents, which the children handed to their parents as a token of their gratitude.
In this holiday season, the Sprout team shares the following message with parents and caregivers “The AUA Sprout team would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who made this event possible and for giving the children from the hospitals the gift of happiness. May all the children of the world always live a healthy, happy, and peaceful life.”
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides US-style education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.