The Odyssey Begins…

AHEPA-Supported Greek Language Charter School Opens Its Doors

WILMINGTON, Del.—Members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the largest and oldest American-based Greek heritage grassroots membership organization, celebrated the opening of Odyssey, Delaware’s first Greek language and mathematics immersion charter school, on Monday, June 12, 2006.

AHEPA President Gus J. James, II, members of AHEPA Wilmington Chapter 95, and state and local government officials marked this historic occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches at the school.

“Education is a key element of AHEPA’s mission,” James said. “We are proud and excited that such a monumental task has come to fruition and that our chapter in Wilmington was a catalyst in making this happen. I would encourage our chapters to explore the prospects of establishing a charter school in their communities with the hopes that we can get more opened nationwide. ”

According to school officials, the students will be taught in both Greek and English. Each school day will be longer than average because of two additional classes: a Greek language course and a math course taught in Greek. According to studies, children at a young age develop a higher level of learning and problem-solving skills when taught in a language immersion program.

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The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization. Its scope is international with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and "sister" chapters in Australia and New Zealand under the auspices of AHEPA Australasia. AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society. It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community. The AHEPA family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena. For more information about the organization or how to join, contact AHEPA Headquarters (202-232-6300) or visit the organization's newly redesigned website at

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