Mayor Purzycki Honors Vouras Family, Odyssey Charter School Choir
Nicholas Vouras, an avid Odyssey School supporter, is remembered as a successful businessman and community leader
Mayor Mike Purzycki today paid tribute to Wilmington’s Greek Community by honoring former businessman and community leader Nicholas “Nick” Vouras, who passed away on March 8, 2018, and also recognizing the Odyssey Charter School’s Greek Choir, which last month was invited to lead the annual Greek Independence Day parade in Philadelphia.
“Nick Vouras made a huge impact in Wilmington as both a successful businessman and as a community leader, and he will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We remember and honor Nick’s unique contributions to the City of Wilmington and his great love for and support of the Odyssey Charter School. There is no better way to honor Nick than to recognize the Odyssey Greek Choir as we did today for leading the annual Greek Independence Day Parade.”
A native Wilmingtonian who graduated P.S. DuPont High School and the University of Delaware, Nick Vouras took over the popular Kozy Korner restaurant, his family’s business, when his father passed in 1964. The restaurant closed in the late 1980s to make room for a hotel, but was re-established in 1993 at its current location on North Union Street. Nick Vouras also owned Mom’s Smoke Shop and Forwood Construction.
In addition, Vouras was an active participant in local community work, serving on the Board of Directors for the Ninth Ward Savings & Loan Association. He was also on the Parish council – and served as President – of the Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington and was General Chairman of the Greek Festival for many years. Vouras was also active in the Order of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), serving as President and multiple terms as Treasurer. He was an avid supporter of the Odyssey Charter School.
Nick Vouras’s son, John, was at today’s ceremony to receive an official tribute from Mayor Purzycki recognizing his father. Also in attendance and receiving a separate tribute were 19 members of the Odyssey Greek Chorus – all second-graders – who sang two songs in Greek for the Mayor: “Singing Altogether” and “The Lullaby.” They were accompanied by Ms. Paraponiari, Odyssey’s Greek Program Director, Dr. Marina Matteaodakis, School Board president, Dimitri Dandolos, and Odyssey’s Interim Headmaster, Denise Parks.
Opened in 2006 at 2nd and Pyle Streets in Wilmington, the Odyssey Charter School is Delaware’s first foreign language/ math focused charter school. With its origins in the work of Wilmington's American Hellenic Education Progressive Association (AHEPA), Odyssey Charter currently serves 1,600 students in grades K to 10 and provides the families of Delaware with a classical approach to public education, including a rigorous standards-based curriculum and instruction in the Greek language.
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