Elkins Park, PA – A magnificent celebration honoring Greek Independence day and the Evangelismos of Theotokos was offered on Sunday, at the community center of Annunciation Greek Orthodox church in Elkins Park.

The Annunciation afternoon school sponsored this holiday presentation that took place immediately following the Sunday Service. Students of the school, dressed in traditional costumes representing every corner of Greece, presented poems, songs, and theatrical plays emphasizing the religious, ethnic and cultural significance of the day.

Historic events depicting the Annunciation, the life in Greece prior and during the uprising, deeds and the impact of the heroes and the “kleftes”, the teaching at the “Kryfo Sholeio” were re-enacted with great success. Our teachers and parents, under the direction and guidance of Mrs. Dimitra Afthinou-Spilioti, who coordinated the day’s program, prepared and mentored the students who presented a flawless program that was enjoyed by all who packed our community center.

Parents, teachers, school Board members and volunteers all decorated the community center with portraits of Greek revolution heroes, flags and posters to create a festive atmosphere. Community organizations showed their support for the Greek School by offering coffee and sweets for the attendees. It is worth noting that graduates of the school, as well as students of the adult class, enhanced the program by taking part in the play for the “Kryfo Sholeio” and the “Sacrifice of Souliotisses”.

At the end of the celebration, students from each class presented their teachers with a bouquet of flowers as a token of their appreciation. In addition, special recognition was provided to Mrs. Koula Tsiavy Frangoyianni for the many years of service supporting the Greek letters and the Greek language.