A Greek Salute to Education

The students from the DGK School in Brooklyn performed at the event honoring the Greek language at the Stathakion Center in Astoria. (Photo by Kostas Bej via The National Herald)

In honor of International Greek Language Day, the Federation of Hellenic American Teachers USA and the Department of Hellenic Education of the Archdiocese of America honored four Greek-American advocates of education, at the Stathakion Center in Astoria on March 10, reports Matina Demelis for The National Herald. Greek Consul Lana Zochiou and New York State Assembly Member and Congressional candidate Nicole Malliotakis joined the celebration.

“This room smells and reminds me of Greece. It is really Greek. I welcome you to our humble and small celebration that is big in power and values because we are here to celebrate something great that we inherited from our ancestors and that we have to keep. We have to impart the language and culture to our children. This is the Greek idea, the Greek language, the Greek culture,” said Stella Kokkolis, president of the Federation of Hellenic American Teachers USA.

Another speaker noted the historical significance of the Greek language.

Dr. Ioannis Efthimiopoulos, the Director of the Greek Education Department of the Archdiocese of America in his welcoming message said: “With your presence you honor the Greek language and also the honorees. We celebrate the International Day of Greek language that has been declared by United Nations, to be celebrated every year on February 9. We are talking about a language that has existed for ages. It’s the language of the Bible, the language that Homer sang, the language that Pericles celebrated as the language of Democracy. This language has rhythm and aesthetic. Greek language is no less than a song that’s universal.”

Students described, in Greek, why they learn the language. Read their comments as well as others in support of education and the Greek language, at The National Herald.

On the same day in Bay Ridge, the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church honored members of local scout troops for 50 years of community service, reports John Alexander. Read more at Brooklyn Reporter.

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