It’s National Poetry Month! We’re featuring young Greek poets from Chicago’s Greek Orthodox Parochial Schools. Today’s poet is from Hellenic American Academy.
National Poetry Month: Poet from Hellenic American Academy
Since we love to nurture young writers, we’re back with our National Poetry Month series featuring young Greek poets. Today’s poet is Panagiotis Giannetos, an 8th grader at Hellenic American Academy in Deerfield, IL. His poem, ‘A Choice’, is a very mature and insightful work, inspired by and dedicated to his beloved papou, Panagiotis Alexakos. We’re sure his papou is is very proud.
Check out his poem and learn a bit about his school. Bravo Panagiotis! Continued success!
“A Choice’ by Panagiotis Giannetos
First on four
Then on three
An old man with an incurable disease
In front of him lay
A door between life
A door between death
The moment comes
When we must rest
And at this moment
the individual sees
What he wants
And what he needs
Now he must choose
Between the wise and foolish
Continue living in pain
Or pass away with a smile upon his face
But if he passes
He will know
His life was a success
And will forever be remembered and revered
For he raised a fine family
Loved them everyday
And with his care
They grew and played
When they came of age
And their father was an elder
The roles switched
And they lovingly cared for him everyday
But know the father had guilt
He felt he was a burden
No longer able to guide his children’s journey
He decided the time had come
To give into his body’s pain
And as he passed, a weight was lifted
For he no longer felt pain
And he left his children’s journey unburned, unchanged.
About Hellenic American Academy
Founded in 2004, Hellenic American Academy (HAA) traces its legacy back more than a century. Socrates Hellenic American School, the “day school”, now under the HAA umbrella, was the very first Greek Orthodox Parochial School in the U.S., was founded in 1907. In addition to Socrates, HAA includes evening and Saturday Greek language programs, cultural programs, Greek conversation classes, adult Greek language classes, and more. Today, the private, non-for-profit educational institution continues a long legacy of excellence, fostering the education of Greek language and heritage in America, while honoring and cultivating Orthodox core values.
The preschool-8th grade “day school” program includes high-quality education incorporating studies in Greek language and culture, Orthodox Faith, plus music, art, physical education, STEM initiatives, and more. With a state-of-the-art computer lab, students learn and excel in the latest technologies. There is an active student council, and after school clubs to enrich the students’ experience.
HAA students perform successfully in standardized assessments. Annually, more than 90% of HAA students meet or exceed state standards in nationalized math and reading tests.
They also participate in academic competitions throughout the year, at both the state and national levels. One such program is the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Fair, with 3 Gold Winners in 2018, as well as the national competition. Another is the Illinois EPA competition; in 2018, three state winners were from HAA. They’ve also performed successfully in Learn Storm, a statewide math competition by Khan Academy. HAA has been recognized by the University of Crete as a model of outstanding Greek Orthodox education. Hellenic American Academy carries the torch of the founders of Socrates School, with a mission to instill in our youth an abiding love of Greek culture and faith in an atmosphere committed to academic excellence.
More Young Greek Poets
Next week, we’ll continue our National Poetry Month series featuring another young Greek poet, this time from Plato Academy in Des Plaines, IL.
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