WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National President of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), Mr. Ike Gulas, attended President Barack Obama’s first Joint Session of Congress last night.
“It’s an honor to represent AHEPA at such a momentous occasion,” said Gulas. “It was a historic first for our organization. This is truly a tribute to the long-standing respect exhibited toward AHEPA in Washington.”
One theme of President Obama’s speech that resonated with AHEPA’s mission is education.
“Last night, the president stated, and rightfully so, that it is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in our nation’s educational system,” said Gulas. “He called on every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. Since its inception, AHEPA has been a vehicle through which the door to higher education has been opened to the community through AHEPA scholarships, grants, and programs such as Journey to Greece.”
Gulas added, “To help us continue to fulfill this mission, and achieve the president’s noble goal to have America possess the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, please remember AHEPA’s Educational Foundation when you are planning your charitable giving or estate planning.”
In addition, AHEPA supports Greek-language immersion charter schools throughout the nation, including Odyssey in Wilmington, Delaware. Last night, President Obama pledged to expand support our nation’s commitment to charter schools.