Preserving traditions: First Presbyterian Church preschool marks 50 years of spiritual, social guidance
by Sally Litchfield
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Joshua Busey, a student in the First Presbyterian Church Preschool, gets the bottom of his feet painted by his teacher, Leigh LaFalce, as part of a Halloween project. The preschool is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the community.
Joshua Busey, a student in the First Presbyterian Church Preschool, gets the bottom of his feet painted by his teacher, Leigh LaFalce, as part of a Halloween project. The preschool is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the community.
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First Presbyterian Church Preschool Director Anna Gray Hart adds a couple more families to the ‘Giving Tree’ as part of the celebration of its 50th anniversary.
First Presbyterian Church Preschool Director Anna Gray Hart adds a couple more families to the ‘Giving Tree’ as part of the celebration of its 50th anniversary.
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For 50 years, First Presbyterian Church of Marietta Weekday Preschool in Marietta has impacted the lives of children and the community. Founded in 1963, the preschool celebrated its anniversary this month.

“First Presbyterian Church Weekday Preschool strives to create lifelong curiosity and a love of learning by teaching children an appreciation for their world, kindness towards one another and closeness to God,” said Preschool Director Anna Gray Hart.

Hart said the preschool employs 28 teachers “who work with joyful creativity and patient guidance to provide an environment that enables children to develop to their greatest potential — spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.”

In 1963, the Session of the Church initially approved creation of FPC Weekday Kindergarten because of a lack of public school kindergartens in the area. The preschool expanded to include 3- and 4-year-olds and eventually 1- and 2-year-olds.

In 1989, with the success of public school kindergartens, FPC dropped its kindergarten classes but added a kindergarten class again in 2011. The preschool currently functions at full capacity with 15 classes and 160 children ranging from ages 1 through kindergarten age.

“Over the past 50 years, the preschool has had a lasting impact on the lives of so many students in Marietta and the surrounding communities who have left our program with a solid foundation for school success,” said Hart, who served in education for 20 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator.

“We hope to preserve the traditions that make our program special while staying up to date on the best practices for teaching preschool children,” Hart said.

In honor of the preschool’s 50th birthday, FPC has started a “Facelift at 50”campaign. All money raised will go toward making improvements to classrooms, outdoor spaces and playgrounds.

First Presbyterian Church of Marietta Weekday Preschool is at 189 Church St., Marietta.

To learn more about the preschool, visit fpcmarietta.org or call (770) 427-0293.
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