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“Vivliodromies 2017” Book reading contest

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Multi talented Maria Mavroudi

Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel supports Astypalea’s schools

Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel, proud sponsor of Vivliodromies 2017, participated in the award ceremony that took place on Friday, 15th December 2017 at the Eugenides Foundation in Athens.

Contributing to the progress and welfare of the local community plays an integral part of Kallichoron’s philosophy. Principally with the “Room2Give” Corporate Social Responsibility Programme – established in 2015, the hotel donates a percentage of each booking earnings to a number of social responsibility initiatives, mainly for children and young adults.

Eleftherios Geitonas, General Principal of Geitonas School and initiator of Vivliodromies, addressed the students and urged them to become “laborers, and defenders of a united Greek society to save [our] Greece. Vivliodromies breathe the dreams and visions of literaries, and interpret their reflections. We congratulate all the children that participated and wish them good luck. Furthermore, we congratulate the teachers and the parents that encouraged their children to cooperate. We thank Ms. Maria Mavroudi from Kallichoron who envisages great things for Astypalea. Congratulations on the investment she makes for her birthplace and in the new generation”, quoted Mr. Geitonas.

Ms. Maria Mavroudi, co-founder and Kallichoron’s general manager, in her speech urged the children to dare, dream and passionately seek their own vision and move “the small world, the Great” forward as the Greek Nobel-winner poet, Odysseas Elytis, said. She congratulated all the participants including the ones receiving a distinction in Vivliodromies 20017 and declared “proud of this Knowledge and Culture unison. We feel double proud that with the backing of the Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel’s Room2Give CSR initiative as well as the unwavering support of Geitonas Schools, the students of Astypalea will also participate in Vivliodromies”. Likewise, she thanked Geitonas School, Maria-Christina Ktistaki, President of the School Parent Group and the teacher, Giorgos Kiousis for their support.

The Geitonas School Parent Group was an active participant, with the President Maria-Christina Ktistaki declaring touched by the children’s eagerness for learning and development. “In the age of rapidity and image, philanagnosia (love of reading) helps our children to dream and travel to unknown places. We have the obligation, as parents, co-readers and supporters, to establish the environment within which they can express themselves creatively, with the hope that our children will evolve into smart, good and happy people.”

Georgios Kiousis, a teacher and coordinator of the programme, stated an advocate of Kallichoron’s efforts and proud “that the literary company from this year onwards will include Astypalea as well. We thank Maria Mavroudi, who ventures and aspires to make the school children “travel”, injecting life to her hometown. “

The ceremony was attended by a large number of students and parents from all over Greece and Cyprus. Audiovisual material from the event is available at Livemedia.gr and photo material can be found here (available until 23/12/2017).

For more information, please contact:
Maria Mavroudi

Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel

Tel. 6937 439 359 | Email: mmavroudi@kallichoron.gr

A few words for Vivliodromies

Vivliodromies is a book reading contest and a Geitonas School initiative under the auspices of the Ministry of Education of Cyprus, the Academy of Athens, Unesco and in which presently circa 4,000 pupils from Greece and Cyprus are participating in. The pedagogical aim of Vivliodromies is for children to love books, and discover the versatile, diverse and beautiful world that is hidden in their pages.  The children are asked to read four (4) books that fit into a single theme and to work on topics related to the content of the books they read. Vivliodromies is the largest and most long-lasting celebration of philology with students and teachers from Greece and Cyprus, attended by representatives of the Academic community and the Greek Parliament, with the participation of more than 300 schools. In the 20 years of running this programme, more than 25,000 children have been involved and more than 300 book titles of 50 publishing houses have been read.

For more information, you can contact Geitonas Schools (website: geitonas.edu.gr, tel. 210 965 6200).

A few words for the CSR initiative of Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel’s Room2Give

In 2015, Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel introduced the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) “Room2Give” initiative, to support local community projects for children and young adults and cultural activities where possible. Since then, Kallichoron with the help from its visitors, has actively been involved in the following activities:

  • Providing the courtyard area of ​​the Astypalean Nursery with equipment and toys, and continuous support of the teachers and the Parents and Guardians Association efforts to improve existing infrastructure.
  • Purchase of books for the children’s lending library of the Astypalea Nursery.
  • Day of creative work and painting with the painter and artist, Gefso Papadakis, on “I paint the world I dream of”.
  • Participation of the students of Astypalea in the 2018 Vivliodromies.
  • Channel of knowledge and culture with Geitonas Schools through educational activities between Astypalea schools and educational institutions.
  • Construction of an exemplary event hall at Astypalea High School, which is in progress. If you wish to support this effort, please contact us.

Learn more about Kallichoron’s CSR initiative “Room2Give” here.

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