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The rain did not deter Plato Academy Clearwater choir from making the trip from their school in Clearwater to the Senior Living Community. They were accompanied by their Greek teachers Mr. Konstantinos Aretis, Ms. Gia Stamati and Mr. George Benakis. What made this event interesting was that among the American songs, the Fourth Graders’ repertoire included carols in Greek as well. “The music is similar but the lyrics are in Greek” explained one of the students.The rain did not deter Plato Academy Clearwater choir from making the trip from their school in Clearwater to the Senior Living Community. What made this special was that among the American songs, the Fourth Graders’ repertoire included carols in Greek as well. “The music is similar but the lyrics are in Greek” explained one of the students.

“This was such a pleasant surprise on this rainy day” exclaimed one of the residents with excitement. Many of which were seen rocking to the rhythm of the songs and singing along! 
After the performance, students were offered hot chocolate and snacks. “I like learning Greek at school. When you get the basics, it is not that difficult. My teacher helps me a lot, and I enjoy being part of the Greek choir”, said one of the girls on the team.

The Director of the Greek program at Plato Academy, Mr. Konstantinos Aretis, noted that: “At Plato Academy our students are already singing songs in class as part of learning Greek and embracing the Greek heritage and culture. They started enjoying it so much that the idea of taking a field trip to sing songs in the community was met with excitement. So for the last 9 years, Plato Academy students have been singing carols at Senior Living Communities, the Tampa airport, and the Consulate General of Greece in Tampa.
Being part of the choir is a great way to enhance the team spirit and bonding among its members, cultivate a sense of pride and feeling of giving back to the community. “Of course we are not professionals, but for our young children maybe this is the beauty of it. It is important that they enjoy what they do” said the director.  

“You made us so happy with your songs today! Come back again!” were the words of one of the residents to the students.