Czech language classes for children ranging in age from 2 to 12 are to begin at the Sandy Springs Middle Charter School on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The Czech School of Atlanta also is to provide courses in Czech cultural heritage, geography and history through May 2014 after which school organizers hope to broaden the class offerings to older students and adults.
Lenka Pankova Mohwish, president of the school’s board of directors, told Global Atlanta 33 students already are registered to attend the classes that will be held on Saturday mornings.
With 700-to-1,000 Czech families in the metro Atlanta area, she hopes the school will host in the future cultural and educational programs that will appeal to the local community as well as Atlanta residents with a Czech heritage.
She added that Emily Massey, principal of the charter school, supports the location of the Saturday classes at the middle school facility in keeping with the school’s policy of hosting a wide range of after-school clubs and activities.
George Novak, the honorary consul general of the Czech Republic who is based in Atlanta, gained the support of the City of Sandy Springs, the Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the Fulton County school board for the program.
A grand opening is to be held at the Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, in Sandy Springs from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Karel Velan, who heads the Czech North American Chamber, is to be honored at the opening ceremony for his support of the school.
Mr. Velan, 95, fled communist Czechoslovakia in 1949 and settled in Montreal where he launched Velan Inc., which today has manufacturing facilities of steam-related technologies around the world.
He also established the Velan Foundation that is supporting the Czech School of Atlanta.
To learn more about the grand opening or the school, send an email to Alena Anton, the school’s director, at email@example.com