Among those attending the Aug. 30 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center were (L-R) Marietta City Schools (MCS) Superintendent Dr. Grant Rivera; Marietta Board of Education members Irene Berens and Randy Weiner; former MCS Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck and Marietta Board of Education members Jason Waters, Kerry Minervini and Alan Levine with some of the school’s 117 four-year-olds. Courtesy of Marietta City Schools

Marietta opens Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center

Marietta City Schools held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 30 for the Emily Lembeck Early Learning Center.

The center’s namesake, former MCS Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck, unveiled the center’s mascot, the “Lembeck Lories,” and cut the ribbon with several preschool students, Superintendent Dr. Grant Rivera and members of the Board of Education.

Housed in the former Wright Street School, the 10,000-square-foot facility underwent a significant renovation earlier this year.

Marietta Community Schools, First Presbyterian Church and Zaxby’s owner/operator John Silvey provided support.

The center features seven innovative classrooms with two classrooms dedicated to the learning styles of special needs students.

During her remarks to nearly 100 guests, Lembeck shared her favorite book “The Little Engine That Could” about a train engine that conquered insurmountable obstacles.

“I knew many children, during the course of my career, who could not make the climb successfully in the area of social skills or literacy because they didn’t have a preschool experience,” Lembeck said. “They often continued to lose ground over the years. They lost their joy in learning.”

Lembeck said she believes this school will help students build their literacy esteem and stay engaged during their K-12 journey.

“I am proud to have my name associated with such a quality and joyful environment,” Lembeck added.

Early Learning Center Director Christine Ramirez, along with the center’s teachers and staff, welcomed 117 four-year-olds on the first day of school in August.

Ramirez said, “Marietta has shown their commitment to early learning; and our community, families and students will see the benefits for years to come.”


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