Students sing from the heart

The students of Plato Academy Tarpon Springs choir gave their first performance for this school year at the Tarpon Springs Town Hall. The team and their Greek teachers Mr. Fotios Kokalides and Ms. Tanya Parker along with a group of parents also met with the Mayor Mr. Chris Alahouzos, who apart from his duties as the mayor of the City of Tarpon Springs, also displays his interest in education by being a board member of Plato Academy Schools.

Mr. Alahouzos welcomed his guests outside the city hall and lead them to the auditorium where he emphasized how excited he was for their visit. The choir sang carols in English and Greek. Afterwards, the students had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Alahouzos and ask questions.

A few days later, on December 17, the choir from Clearwater campus with the Greek teachers Mr. Konstantinos Aretis, Ms. Gia Stamati, and Mr. Giorgos Benakis visited the mayor and were greeted with the same warm welcome.

Mr. Alahouzos expressed his gratitude for the parents, teachers, and students who took the time to make this visit possible, expressed his appreciation for their effort on keeping such traditions alive and expressed his wishes for Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Students had a great time too. “I like being part of the choir because I practice learning Greek while having fun with my friends” said Joseph M.! “I used to learn Spanish in my old school but Greek is also exciting. I also enjoy writing texts in Greek on my computer in class”.

Some of the questions students asked Mr. Alahouzos were related to the City Hall building. The beautiful beaux arts style building that hosts the City Hall, was constructed in 1925 originally as the Tarpon Springs High School. When the High School moved to a new location the building remained empty for several years until it was purchased by the City, finally undergoing a restoration. In 1987 municipal services were relocated to it.

The building which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October of 1990 also hosts the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, a 300 seat theater, home to over 30 annual concerts, plays, and events organized by Tarpon Arts.

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