The Alumnae Prize is established for high school. This prize is awarded jointly by the Association’s Board of Directors and the School. During the last years, there has been a switch and the Mills Prize is awarded to a lyceum alumnus on the day of the Banquet and the Alumnae Prize to a DEREE alumnus on Commencement day.
Over the years, the Αssociation, whenever requested, has always been at the school’s disposal to overcome any difficulty and there are numerous times that the Association has made a positive contribution. Many years ago it made a strong effort to assist the high school to achieve recognition and equal status with that of public schools, a benefit for both students and teachers. Whenever a problem would arise from the State, the Association would rush to aid the College. For example, during the dictatorship of ’67, when the Ministry of Education wanted to shut down the College because it considered it a greenhouse of “subversive ideas”. Another instance was when, after discussions with the administration of the school the Association strived for years, unfortunately unsuccessfully due to legal obstacles, to establish a primary school that would supply PIERCE with new students.
In the late 60’s it decided to raise money for the purchase of a privately owned space that would house the Association.