By Catherine Tsounis
An internet presence, non-profit and New York tax-exempt status are some of the accomplishments of the 2015 Prometheus Greek Teachers Association. A Christmas party celebrating the end of 2015 was held on Sunday afternoon, December 13th in Sts. Catherine & George Church hall at 22-30 33rd St. in Astoria, New York. Santa Claus, a lavish luncheon and book presentation made this a cultural experience.
“Visit our website at https://www.greekteachersprometheus.org/created by Alexandros Colombos,” said President Demosthenes Triantafillou. “All contributions are welcome.” Dr. John Antonopoulos and educator Emily Antonopoulos explained “we are all here to support Prometheus Association’s mission to be a beacon of light in Greek learning.”
“All the good things in our lives, we get from the light of the Sun,” is a statement of wisdom from the education fairy tale “The Adventures of Aris” by Pauline S. Manos.1 The education fairy tale inspired the audience. The children’s book is bilingual Greek/English. The book’s plot is about Aris, the teddy bear, who had many al adventures. Ari says “In New York, I feel more comfortable because it is part of our planet which is surrounded by the beautiful ocean) 2. For more information, visithttps://paulinemanosbooks.wordpress.com/.
A lecture on “The significance of Amphipolis to Greek Education” by Prof. Alexandros Colombos will be held on Sunday, Jan. 17th, 2 p.m. at the Hellenic Cultural Center. A book presentation by Maria Kaliambou entitled “How can we learn Greek through Myths,” will be offered.
The Fortieth Anniversary Luncheon of the Greek Teachers Association “Prometheus” will be held Sunday, February 28th, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Terrace on the Park, Flushing, N.Y. The event is in cooperation with the Federation of Greek Educators, Hellenic PAIDEA of America and other organizations. His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios will honor the event with his presence. Mrs. Maria Makedon, Director of the Office of Education of the Direct Archdiocesan District will be honored. The presidents of “Prometheus” will be recognized for distinguished service. They include: Konstantinos Parthenis; Elias Diakolios; John Markopoulos; Dr. John Siolas; Timoleon Kokkinos; John Takas; Athena Kromidas; George Kanellopoulos; Dr. Andreas Zachariou; Eleni Galidis; Irene Demas; Stella Kokolis; Apostolos Fountas; Vasiliki Filiotis and Demosthenes Triantafillou. Tickets are $75 for adults and $45 for children. Musical melodies by Grigoris Maninakis.
“We would like to ask you to support the Luncheon Journal,” said President Triantafillou. “This is your opportunity to show your appreciation for the noble educational work of our Greek Teachers teaching the Greek Language and Culture to thousands of Greek students in hundreds of Greek Schools. Congratulations in the commemorative journal are as follow: half page, $50; full white page, $100; full gold page, $200; front inside cover $1,250; back inside cover, $1,000 and back inside cover, $1,500. All persons interested in placing an ad Tickets are $75 for adults and $45 for children. Musical melodies by Grigoris Maninakis. For information, contact Timoleon Kokkinos, 718-545-3360; Dr. John Siolas, 917 596-0642; Vasiliki Filiotis, 718 844-0902, President Demosthenes Triantafillou, 201-768-0161.
- Pauline S. Manos, “The Adventures of Aris” (Long Island City: Astoria, 2015), p. 102.
- Manos, “The Adventures of Aris”, p.22.