On a rainy Friday, January 12th, the 6th-grade students of Plato Academy Largo embarked on a captivating journey to Saint Augustine, the historic first city of America. Guided by their enthusiastic Social Studies Teacher, Miss Danielle Kendrick, along with the Greek Teacher, Mr. Yanni Giavaras, and three dedicated parents, the students delved into the rich history of this iconic destination.
Their adventure began at the Spanish Fort, where a knowledgeable tour guide awaited them. Walking among the colossal walls, the students absorbed fascinating details about the first colonials—both Spanish and British settlers — in Florida. The experience was nothing short of amazing as they immersed themselves in the historical significance of the fort.
Next on their itinerary was a visit to Saint Fotios Greek Orthodox Shrine, offering insights into the lives of the first Greek immigrants who arrived in Florida over three hundred years ago. The students gained a deeper understanding of the cultural contributions of the Greek community to the region.
Adjacent to the Shrine, the students explored the Oldest Wooden School in the USA, built in the early 18th century by Greek immigrant Ioannis Giannopoulos. Initially a family residence, it was later converted into a school by Ioannis’s grandson in 1768. Every student had the opportunity to experience an old-school atmosphere and received their own graduation diploma as a memento.
The day concluded with a delightful visit to the Greek restaurant Athina, where everyone relished delicious Greek cuisine, adding a flavorful touch to their educational journey.