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A. Fantis School Students Visit Athens, the Acropolis and Hellenic Parliament

ATHENS – Fourteen A. Fantis School students, accompanied by parents and teachers, visited Greece May 10-18. The eight-day excursion included, among other activities, guided tours of the Acropolis and the Hellenic Parliament where the eighth graders were welcomed on May 15 by New Democracy Member of Parliament for the Cyclades and Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad President Filippos Fortomas.

“I returned the visit I had made to ‘A. Fantis’ when I was in New York for the Greek Independence Parade events,” said Fortomas told The National Herald.

As he explained, at the time of his visit to the school, he was informed that the eighth grade students trip to Athens would take place in May and in consultation with the school officials they coordinated the students’ visit to the Hellenic Parliament. The students received a warm welcome at the Parliament, watched the session from the galleries of the Plenary Hall and received a guided tour of the exhibition ‘Beholding Liberty! At the Hellenic Parliament, Two Centuries Later’ on view in the Peristyle and in the imposing Eleftherios Venizelos Hall, which was known historically as the Hall of the Trophies and the Adjutants.

New Democracy Member of Parliament for the Cyclades and Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad President Filippos Fortomas, at right, presented U.S. Ambassador to Greece George Tsunis with a book during the A. Fantis School students’ visit to Hellenic Parliament. Photo: Facebook

U.S. Ambassador to Greece George Tsunis also attended Fortomas’ meeting with the young Greek-Americans and explained to them the impact of Ancient Greece as a whole on global development. Fortomas, in turn, spoke to them about the Parliament, its functions and procedures, as well as the Committee on Greeks Abroad and what it deals with. In addition, he presented the American ambassador with a book of Greek poets in the English language.

When asked about the visit to Parliament, Fortomas noted that it lasted about one and a half to two hours and the A. Fantis School students enjoyed the experience.

Such an initiative “tightens the bond between the Greeks abroad with the motherland. This is of the utmost signifcance,” he noted, underlining the importance of coordinating similar tours for other Greek community schools as well. “I am in constant contact with Panayiota Pechlivanidou, Coordinator for Educational Affairs in the United States, but also with the heads of the schools,” said Fortomas. “So that there is, as I said yesterday (May 15), an invisible thread between the diaspora and the motherland, a common thread that unites Greeks whether they live inside or outside Greece.”

U.S. Ambassador to Greece George Tsunis with the A. Fantis School students during their visit to Hellenic Parliament. Photo: Facebook
The A. Fantis School students during their visit to Hellenic Parliament in Athens. Photo: Facebook
The A. Fantis School students during their guided tour of the Acropolis Museum. Photo: Facebook


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