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Back to Class!!
After more than a year of online classes, we are looking forward to returning to in-person classes for grades Kindergarten thru 6th grade in the September! Classes will be held at the First Baptist Church, 1580 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Our post-graduate program THELO (Teen Hellenic Educational Language Organization) will continue to meet online to allow for more flexibility with our teenage students’ busy schedules. Students will meet for two hours each week online and in-person once every four to six weeks. Class times will be determined at a later date. If you are interested in enrolling in THELO and have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Since March of 2020, class sizes were reduced in order to provide more individualized attention to our students which resulted in an increase of our programs from nine classes to fifteen classes. Despite the lack of fundraising activities to offset the sixty percent increase in payroll expenses during COVID, it was decided to take this approach as this was the most educationally sound decision for our students.
During remote learning, our teachers enhanced the curriculum with opportunities and celebrations as students learned about many Greek traditions and customs through interactive workshops and hands-on activities. Students participated in a virtual journey to Greece led by Thalia Coccini and Vasilopita workshops taught by Ka Popi and Ka Marika to welcome in 2021. Students from our sister school GGT Texas joined our workshops as well! Students engaged in several hands-on activities to reinforce learning by making Marti bracelets to signify the start of spring and making kites on Καθαρά Δευτέρα while learning about Κυρα Σαρακοστή. Students, teachers, and family members also met at socially distanced, outdoor, activities including a Meet & Greet, a holiday, charitable event with HELPIS to support young children in need, and a celebration of Protomagia where students, teachers and family members created beautiful wreaths with flowers during a workshop hosted by Petalouda Flower Market. GGT will to continue to offer these enrichment opportunities, and engage all students in active learning while having fun with friends!
GGT has seen a steady increase in enrollment since its inception in the fall of 2017. Board members, teachers and parents have worked together to support the program and to expand our students’ academic learning experience while providing opportunities for enrichment activities, charitable events, and social gatherings. Despite the challenges of the pandemic and online learning, GGT has strengthened its meaningful curriculum through instruction by our highly qualified and devoted teachers in collaboration with the leadership of our board members, and with the support of our loyal families. Συγχαρητήρια και καλή επιτυχία για τους επόμενους στόχους μας!
About Greek Group Tutoring
GGT (Greek Group Tutoring) is a parent-run after-school enrichment program that focuses on teaching the Greek language, culture, heritage, and traditions to children ages 5 through 15. Its educational philosophy embraces the belief that all children are capable of learning, and entitled to educational opportunities where curriculum is student-driven, meaningful, and motivating. The teaching staff is comprised of Greek native speakers who hold degrees in education with years of experience teaching Greek to young children. The faculty strives to provide diversified and effective instruction to students of all abilities and backgrounds while nurturing a love of the Hellenic ideals, and fostering friendship among its students and GGT families. The GGT board consists of parent volunteers who collaborate with teachers to develop child-centered enrichment activities and events to supplement the curriculum and to expand the students’ interests, knowledge, and pride in learning about the Greek heritage and culture. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are further developed through lessons in geography, history, music, art and mythology.
Greek Group Tutoring, Inc. is a tax exempt educational organization as described in the Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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I am so grateful to the teachers and parents who stepped up and offer to our kids the opportunity to learn Greek in such a supportive environment. The teachers and Mrs. Elaine helped so much my older one to get more comfortable with her classmates and classroom participation. Her Greek reading and writing skills have improved considerably without feeling any pressure from the school. My younger one is in kindergarten and just loves her teacher and is looking forward to her class every time! The parents
involved in the school go way and beyond in organizing activities and gathering for the kids and their families (the parties are always very fun!) and bringing aboard new teachers when needed. It is amazing how smoothly everything runs within just a couple of years from the start date of GGT. I am so thankful for all the hard work they put into this! They exceeded every expectation!"
— Olga from Arlington, MA
We have been attending GGT since its beginning! My boys, now ages 10 and 8, love the environment, the teachers, the way of learning and all the social events! It is a great group of families that cares about teaching Greek language, tradition, and culture to the next generation! They do so not only through the classroom time but also through social events that relate to the Greek culture as well as opportunities to hang out with friends. The Vasilopita and Apokriatiko Glenti this year so far have been great hits that show my family Greek customs in action not just read through a text book! The teachers are very engaging with all ages and very encouraging! I cannot recommend GGT enough!
— Anna from Arlington, MA
There are so many wonderful things to say about GGT where our daughter has been a student for the past two years. There is a strong sense of community and everyone makes you feel like family when you walk through the door. The director and the teachers give 100% of themselves and then some. The same love and safety our girl feels at home is being carried over in her school. The values that are important to us are reflected in the school. It is a place where our daughter learns the Greek language and also learns about her Greek heritage in a wonderful way!
— Angie & Yannis from Concord, Ma