Wilmington, DE – The 10th Anniversary of the Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington, will be celebrated on Saturday, September 24th, with a special presentation announcing the collaboration of the school with the schools of the Municipality of Ancient Olympia as sister schools.
Among the special highlights of that day, will be the display of one of the torches used in first modern Olympics Torch Relay in 1936. The torch belongs to Wilmingtonian Paula Gatos whose uncle, Vasilis Gatos, along with his two brothers, carried it on its 3000-kilometer path from Ancient Olympia to Berlin. The 1936 Olympics are remembered for the outstanding performances of US Olympian Jesse Owens. Also on display will be a torch from the 2004 Athens games, gifted to the school by the Municipality of Ancient Olympia.
The events of September 24th will begin with a “Parade of Nations” by students of the Odyssey Charter School at 10 am. A brief documentary of the preparatory events will debut followed by the arrival of the Greek Olympians bringing the Olympic Flame and wreaths to the campus. The official dedication of the Barley Mill Campus and the formal implementation of the “twinning” of the Odyssey Charter School with its sister schools in Ancient Olympia will cap the festivities, leading to the annual 5k Walk/Run, where winners will be awarded the wreaths created from the sacred olive groves of Ancient Olympia.