By Catherine Tsounis
Teachers are role models who aid parents in molding children. Education is a profession being attacked by segments of society. An individual must have a special quality to reach out to young persons. Educators in the parochial system of New York are dedicated. Many work long hours and are underpaid. On Sunday afternoon, May 22nd, the Greek teachers association “Prometheus” honored fifteen Greek-American teachers for dedicated service. The educators included: Y. Dallas; V. Filiotis; E. Horafa; T. Kokkinos; A. Migaris; M. Mouzakis; E. Panagis; C. Parthenis; A. Roufakis; Dr. J. Siolas; V. Siris; R. Syntilas; P. Volikas; M. Zahariou; and Dr. A. Zahariou. Music by Gregoris Maninakis entertained all.
Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis, a dedicated and extraordinary couple, were honored. “We are in Kaloidis territory,” said His Eminence, Archbishop Dimitrios at the Luncheon. “These unique individuals are the sponsors of the Kaloidis School of Holy Cross Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. They are committed to education, donating millions to perpetuate the Greek language, culture and Greek Orthodox faith.” Mr. and Mrs. Kaloidis are part of the Greek-American business community that traditionally funds international and national projects to aid Hellenism.
Prominent persons present included: His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios; Rev. Dr. Panteleimon Papadopoulos; Consul General of Greece Dr. Catherine Boura; Consul General of Cyprus Martha Mavrommatis; Assemblyman Mathew Mirones; Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis; Stelios Papathemelis, former minister and deputy of the Greek Parliament; Prof. Constantine Efthemiou; Prof. Spiro Katsifis; Prof. John Angelidis; Dr. John Efthymiopoulos, Director of the Department of Greek Education of the Greek Archdiocese of America; and officers of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (ΣΑΕ). Proclamations and Citations were presented by representatives from Gov. Pataki, Congresswoman Caroline Maloney, Assemblyman Michael Gianaris; Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
“The intellectual and artistic contributions of the Greek Mind provided the world with the ideals and values upon which Western Civilization is based,” Chairperson Stella Kokolis. “It is hard to imagine of what life would have been like if there had never been this influence of Greek letters and arts upon the world. Would our philosophy be quite the same today? Our ability to appreciate the quality of life?”
Mrs. Kokolis added, “We gather in Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Prometheus Teachers Association. Let us reflect on the admirable work that the teachers have devoted to their students through the decades. With courage and perseverance, let us continue to kindle the light of Hellenic education.” Mrs. Kokolis is an educator for over forty years. She is a graduate of the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. Mrs. Kokolis holds graduate degrees from the School of Education of Columbia University. The educator is a warm, generous, philanthropist engaged in church and political projects. Mrs. Kokolis is a Democratic Committeewoman in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The following persons organized the Prometheus 30th Anniversary Luncheon: Mrs. Stella Kokolis, Chairperson; Mrs. Angeliki Roufakis, Dr. George Milikokis, Ms. Andriana Filiotis and Mrs. Irene Demas, Co-Chairpersons; Mrs. Georgia Papathanasiou, Community Liaison; Mrs. Harouls Fragias, Mrs. Maria Zahariou and Mrs. Maria Tzemintimpi, Ticket and Raffle Committee; Mrs. S. Konstantakopoulou, Mrs. Helen Kanelopoulos and Mrs. Veta Siris, Decorations Committee; Mrs. Rita Syntilas, Mrs. Athena Kromida, Dr. John Siolas and Mr. Timoleon Kokkinos.