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Maple Avenue celebrates Greece

Maple Avenue Elementary School students and staff members will celebrate ancient and modern Greek cultures in May and June. Parents and community members are invited to see the Greek artifacts, maps, books on Greece and its culture, and Olympics information on display in the main lobby and library. Student artwork will be continually added to the hallways throughout May.

Other activities planned include:
May 13 — Madison artist David Giffey will share examples of Greek-style icons and show slides of his studies in Greece. He will hold group sessions with fourth and fifth grade classes from 10:15 – 11 a.m., 12:10 – 12:55 p.m., and 2:15 – 3 p.m.

May 17 — Musical performance by ETHNICITY, a Milwaukee folk music group. The group will perform Greek music and teach Greek dance steps in the gym. Sessions will be from 1:45 – 2:05 p.m. for grades kindergarten and 1; 2:15 – 2:35 p.m. for grades 2 and 3; and 2:45 – 3:05 p.m. for grades 4 and 5.

May 18 — Zenophon Bamiatzoglou, a Greek student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will talk to students about modern Greek life. Also, Maple Avenue parents will share their Greek- American heritage with memories, artifacts and a slide show.

May 19 — Kathleen Zmuda, storyteller of Greek myths and stories, will present to fourth- and fifth-graders in the gym from 8:50 – 9:40 a.m. Then Zmuda will visit each fourth and fifth grade classroom teaching students the art of storytelling. A Greek luncheon is planned for staff and guests and will feature Greek salads, soup, moussaka, gyros and baklava.

May 20 – Zmuda returns to tell Greek stories and myths from 9 – 9:45 a.m. for kindergartners; 10:30-11:15 a.m. for grade 3; 12:20 – 1:15 p.m. for grade 2; and 2 – 2:45 p.m. for grade 1. There also will be a sampling of Greek foods served during the students’ lunch in the cafeteria.

May 27 — Hardy Garrison, storyteller of Greek folktales and myths, will share his tales in the gym from 9 – 9:45 a.m. for grades kindergarten and 1; 10:45-11:30 a.m. for grades 2 and 3; and 2 – 2:45 p.m. for grades 4 and 5.

June 8 is Olympic Day — countdown to the Summer Olympics in Athens. The Opening Ceremony will be from 9 to 10 a.m. in front of the school and will feature representatives of each classroom. Field activities will begin behind the school at 10 a.m. and continue until 2:55 p.m.

The school is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.