Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute visited ACS Athens early December during her “Reasons to Hope” Tour in Greece.
In her speech, the world-renowned and award-winning scientist called everyone to action: “I have been looking at the fabulous projects of the Roots and Shoots groups. I would like to congratulate everybody for the work you are doing for making the world a better place. For those not involved in Roots and Shoots, I hope you will become members. Our programme exists currently in 80 countries and is like a growing family all around the world. The most important message of Roots and Shoots is that every single one of you has a special role to play in this life, even if you may not yet know what it is and every single one matters in the scheme of things. Every single one of you makes an impact on this planet every single day and you have a choice as to what kind of impact you make: you are either going to make things better or you do not care.” Dr. Goodall finally urged the student audience: “Go on, carry on doing good things, making the world a better place, bringing smiles to people’s faces, making little dogs wag their tails, watering little plants. “
A Roman-era plaque engraved with 13 verses of Homer’s Odyssey, found last July in Ancient Olympia, was included in the list of the ten most important discoveries of 2018, according to the authoritative American journal Archaeology
During a 2007 trip to Kenya, American entrepreneur Kenton Lee noticed a young girl wearing shoes so small that she had cut open the front of the shoes to let her toes stick out. That was the day he was inspired to create The Shoe That Grows — a shoe that grows five sizes and lasts for years.
Since then, Lee’s nonprofit, Because International, has distributed 180,000 pairs of shoes to children in more than 95 countries. The organization recently started producing shoes in Ethiopia and plans to open facilities in Haiti and Kenya.
U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Thomas Imhoff participated with Greek NGO Faros in a Service International Summer Leadership program, which is a Naval Academy initiative that encourages Midshipmen to design and implement their own creative and impactful international service projects. Midshipman Imhoff is a mechanical engineering student focused on sustainable structures and is researching and designing a new style of “gridshell” structure that has potential use for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, in particular for semi-permanent structures in refugee camps.
U.S. Embassy Athens proudly collaborated with The American College of Thessaloniki – Anatolia College, Deree - The American College of Greece Events, and Perrotis College – American Farm School, to provide higher education scholarships to 141 refugees in Athens and Thessaloniki.
The archive of Greek poet and lyricist Nikos Gatsos has found a permanent home at Harvard Library. The acquisition is a key addition to the Library’s collections in Greek literature and civilization and will be made available to students and scholars around the world.
The biggest event for the world’s most popular sport is going to get bigger. Three countries — the United States, Mexico and Canada — won a “United Bid” to host the first expanded World Cup tournament in 2026.