Superintendent of Johnston Schools Dr. Bernard DiLullo stood inside a classroom at Graniteville School on Saturday wearing a wide smile during one of the school’s most memorable open houses.
Children who had never met one another before Saturday morning played together, while their proud parents learned just how valuable Graniteville School – which serves pre-K and kindergarten children in Johnston – has become in recent years.
“Team Graniteville,” which ranged from clerk Christine Andrews to co-coordinators Nancy Brown and Carolyn Roseman, rolled out the red carpet and explained the basics about their schoolhouse during a highly informative two-hour event.
Perhaps that why Julia Barnes, whom DiLullo called one of “the many skilled teachers we have a Graniteville,” was watching twins Taylor and Teagan O’Connor join Vera Moore at a play station when she declared, “our school is a gem!”
DiLullo concurred while chatting with Roseman, as she talked with Amanda Moore about the instruction and learning opportunities that are offered at Graniteville.
“The teachers are all early childhood specialists,” DiLullo offered. “Their skills allow them to teach each student at their level, ensuring success with the pre-school curriculum. In the process of learning, the students have fun – just as some of the kids are doing here – with activities especially set up for specific cooperative learning experiences.”
DiLullo emphasized that “students who attend the preschool program have a head start when they enter kindergarten. Today’s open house was held to give parents and children the opportunity to meet the teachers and staff and to see the classrooms.”
DiLullo further explained that Roseman and Brown are both experienced educators, specifically in special education, and “they both have guided the teachers and staff at Graniteville in developing a warm, inviting learning experience for all students.”
The event, as DiLullo, Roseman and Brown all later concurred, was a special success.
"We were very excited to see the amazing turnout for today’s Open House,” Roseman said. “We have already received applications for the fall, and are expecting more. If people were unable to attend today’s session but would like to see our program, please contact the Graniteville School and we will be happy to show them our program.”
Children who are 3½ years of age are eligible for the pre-K program.