Agia Sophia Academy in Beaverton, OR Celebrates 15 Years
By Christina (Bournelis) Blankenstein
(Principal of Agia Sophia Academy)
Agia Sophia Academy, the only Pan-Orthodox Christian School in the state of Oregon, welcomed His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos to their 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Auction Fundraiser held on June 1, 2019 at the Oregon Zoo.
The festive evening, themed Wild About Education, included many ways that the attendees could offer support to Agia Sophia Academy, and through their generosity, they raised over $40,000 to further the mission of the school. Over 200 people from Orthodox parishes throughout the Portland area attended, along with several clergy, all of whom recognize the value of the education that Agia Sophia Academy has provided for the past 15 years.
During his Keynote Address, Metropolitan Gerasimos stated, “There are so many negative influences in the world that take us away from those things that are good and holy and joyful. Education is a gift that we can give our children. But an education that we can give them that is also rooted in our faith is one of immeasurable value. The name of your school is perfect for what you are doing – Agia Sophia – Holy Wisdom. For wisdom goes far beyond what can be taught, but rather is gained through discernment, prayer and careful guidance, experience and sound judgment. Even the youngest of your students’ gains wisdom from their time at Agia Sophia, and what they are being taught today will stay with them. Early childhood education is a pivotal time in the development of our children, and you are setting a standard of excellence that will always be a part of their formation.”
The pastoral visit of Metropolitan Gerasimos to Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church and Agia Sophia Academy in Beaverton, OR concluded with a tour of the school and interacting with the students in their classrooms, and also meeting with the teachers, conveying his gratitude for the dedication and love they impart through their instruction.
Agia Sophia Academy (ASA) offers a Montessori 3-6 year-old program and Kindergarten through 5th grade elementary school program. ASA operates out of Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Beaverton, Oregon. The mission of ASA is to educate the whole child by providing a rich academic and arts curriculum, grounded in Orthodox Christian values, while fostering love of learning, personal responsibility and respect for each person. For more information, visit our website at www.asapdx.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ASAPDX/
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