The Armenian Mesrobian School 4th Grade class students got a firsthand experience at how City Government works on Tuesday, March 19. The morning started with a tour of the Police Station where the students observed 911 emergency calls in the Dispatch center, sat in the holding cell for juveniles, learned about the red-light camera system, and had a Q&A session with Police Captains Luis Lopez & Brad Keller.
After the tour of the Police Station, Councilman Jack Hadjinian walked the 4th Graders thru City Hall’s different departments and explained what the responsibility of a Councilman is and how they can effectuate change in their community.
The students had the opportunity to conduct a mock City Council meeting where they heard concerns of the community and voted on an issue. Students congratulated Councilmember Hadjinian for being the first Armenian-American elected to City Council in Montebello and were happy to know he is a fellow Mesrobian Alumni.
“I am ecstatic about the level of interest these students had today in City Government. They might be young but they are very aware. I was truly impressed by their participation and the questions they asked.”
The class was accompanied by their teacher Miss Valerie Ananias and parents Garo & Liz Arshagouni, and Mayra Tabbakh.