$1 Million Donation to the Plato School

NEW YORK- On the anniversary of OXI Day, the celebration of Greece’s historic NO! to fascist forces during WW II, Haralambos and Niki Geroulanos declared an extraordinary “Yes!” by donating one million dollars to the Greek School of Plato in Brooklyn. The immigrant couple is among the founders and stalwarts of the school. The gift will

NEW YORK- On the anniversary of OXI Day, the celebration of Greece’s historic NO! to fascist forces during WW II, Haralambos and Niki Geroulanos declared an extraordinary “Yes!” by donating one million dollars to the Greek School of Plato in Brooklyn.
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The immigrant couple is among the founders and stalwarts of the school. The gift will facilitate the construction of a new school complex.
Although the president of the school board, Vassilios Danas, and other officials were informed of the couple’s decision days before the announcement, they to reveal the good news during the OXI Day celebration in the presence of students and teachers.
Danas and the former president and treasurer of the board Stavroula Christakou expressed their gratitude for the benefactors of the School to The National Herald.
They emphasized that it is the largest donation ever received by the school and that it came at a crucial moment.
Danas and Christakos pointed out that both the benefactors and their children, John and Spyros Geroulanos, have been and will remain leaders in the Plato community, which is no entering a new era.
¨This is an historic and heroic year. It is equally heroic as 1977, when a handful of parents – lover of Greek culture – they decided to offer a minimum of $500 each for the establishment and operation of the school.
“We owe gratitude to everyone, beginning with the founders, and to our benefactors to Haralambos and Niki Geroulanos, said Danas.
The Greek School of Plato is the only Greek school in Brooklyn which is not under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese. At a time when other schools in Direct Archdiocesan District have placed padlocks on their school leadership at Plato envisioned a great leap in to the future, the purchase of a new building which will house the school.
The original building that was purchased by the pioneers could no longer meet the needs of the schools 185 students. During the past seven years classes were held in rented space, while the board searched for a property on which they could build an integrated school complex. In July 2013 shortly after the end of the school year, they sold their existing property and bought another two-storey building at number 670 92 Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where the largest concentration of Greeks live in Brooklyn .
Danas told TNH the new building was purchased with money from the sale of the old one and money they had collected from fundraising events which were organized in recent years exclusively for that purpose.
The school has its own orchestra which leads the annual Greek independence day parade on the parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Its 185 students run from nursery school to the the 9th grade and there are eleven teachers.
Two floors will be added to the new building, which will make possible an up-to-date school that will better meet the needs of the community and a modern Community and Cultural Center is planned.
Danas also noted the catalytic role played by the school’s legal advisor and alumnus, Kyriakos Tzanides.