The Language and Culture Program resumed the teaching of the Greek language and the Culture in which it has flourished during the last three thousand years. Its eight classes are taught by George Bouras, Stavroula Christodoulou, Malvina Protogerou Currie, Irene Haralambis, Rosa Lembessis, Sophia Polikandriotis and Petros Tsingelis. Seven of these classes meet on Sunday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm and the eighth meets on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. We are delighted that sixty two children and eighteen adults registered despite the fact that all these classes are elective. We thank the Community of Saint Demetrios for this vote of confidence and we pledge to continue sharing with the young and the “older” students our knowledge of one of the most influential languages in Human History and Culture.
This academic year we introduced the “Lunch and Learn” component of the Program. Upon entering the class, each child is provided with a light lunch consisting of a portion of spanakopita, a granola bar and water. Some children who have had no breakfast in the morning in anticipation of receiving Holy Communion find this fare inadequate. This is understandable, thus we request that their parents kindly supplement the lunch by packing a sandwich. Let us not lose sight of our goal which is to teach the children under optimal conditions and that is contingent upon the cooperation between the parents and the teachers.
We extend an open invitation to all parishioners to visit the classes and to offer their comments. Please direct any questions, worries, disagreements and any other comments to Stavroula Christodoulou who in turn will try to provide answers and/or redress complaints.
The Language and Culture Program is preparing a celebration of OXI DAY to be held in the large Hall on Friday October 25th following the Vespers for the feast of Saint Demetrios. Come and behold, “να καμαρώσετε,” our beautiful children as they sing, act and recite poetry. May they have a bright future guided by the tenets of Orthodox Christianity.
Please keep us in your prayers. Καλή Χρονιά!