(New York, New York, United States) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the Agios Demetrios Greek School last week. The school, which is located in New York’s Astoria district, services the Hellenic Community of Astoria. As part of the complex. there is an elementary school, middle school, high school, and even an afternoon school for those who attend other schools and wish to connect with their Greek roots after the school day is done. The Saint Demetrios Cathedral is also located near the school.
Tsipras visited the school this past Thursday, and during his visit, he urged those in attendance to be proud of their Greek roots. He also wants them to be proud of Greece, saying that the country’s current problems shouldn’t overshadow that pride. He said that it is important to be proud of the country not just for its past, but its present as well. He also addressed the refugee and migrant crisis and reminded people that Greece has showed the rest of Europe and the world how humane they have been for taking in so many people.
Tsipras also addressed the children, saying that they are part of a long legacy where Greek families desire that their children become well educated. Many Greek families encouraged their children to study hard so that they could move further through the school system than their parents had. He also thanked the children and their teachers for their hard work. He also noted that he loved how the students, teachers, and parents worked to maintain their Greek origins.
As part of his speech, Tsipras said, “I also want to say that it is very touching to see that second, third and fourth generation Greeks keep Greece deep inside their soul, care for it perhaps even more than we who stay in Greece do.”