We have also reconnected with women who attended the original Girls School on those premises as run by the Quakers from 1945-1967. Six reunion attendees graduated in 1947, 1948, and 1950. They first came to the School during an ugly Civil War to live away from home in wooden barracks that had been built by the Germans to house the staff of American Farm School during WWII. What an honor to meet those enthusiastic women!
Moving forward, the Girls School grads have been invited to come again...and there are preliminary plans for a next reunion in 2019, when Asylo Paidiou will be celebrating 100 years of public service. We want to continue our relationship with that special place, whose spirit is so much like that of the Girls School. Even as a department of the American Farm School, we were located on a separate campus which created a special bond and family feeling. Walking through the halls now, you can sense the same feeling.
Indeed, some Girls School grads will be donating items for Asylo Paidiou's big fund-raising "bazaar" November 25-26. They want to be more involved with helping those children, especially during the (dratted) financial crisis. It's a beautiful thing.
What goes around, comes around.
PS: The reunion program included a drawing for 14 prizes donated from businesses owned by grads -- from hotel stays in Halkidiki to a hand-painted icon -- for the benefit of the Asylo Paidiou. We raised 634 EU ($752) to go along with our heartfelt thanks for making us feel right at home.
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Posted By Paula to Greek-American Family Notes... at 10/15/2017 06:55:00 PM