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Smith Preschool holds open house/orientation Aug. 15

Parents, children and members of the community are invited to attend an open house and informal orientation to learn more about the 60-year-old Smith Preschool of Franklin, Founder and owner Inge Smith announced this week. The open house will be Thursday, Aug. 15 from  9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“We are looking forward to beginning our 61st year of teaching this community’s youngest children. Our teachers thought this open house would be a great way to showcase our school to the community we have served for more than six decades,” Smith said.

Smith Preschool provides half-day and full-day instruction for three to five-year-old children with a strong emphasis on learning through social interaction and play.

Longtime director Claudia Moore, a Williamson County native and graduate of Smith Kindergarten, has been leading the school for more than 20 years.

Teachers strive to maintain a one-to-one ratio with youngsters while providing large group experiences to prepare boys and girls for their future in an indoor and outdoor classroom.

“We try very hard to make learning fun. It is the first time away from mom and dad. Our goal is to make this first experience a positive one for both the parent and the child,” Moore said. “Because our school is physically located beside Miss Inge’s home and has a expansive playground, we believe the initial experience of entering the classroom is a bit less intimidating.”

Smith Preschool, located on Battle Avenue, between Columbia Avenue and West Main Street, near downtown Franklin, first opened as Smith Kindergarten in 1952 at Franklin’s First Presbyterian Church, originally on Main Street. Hundreds of residents and their children, even grandchildren, consider themselves Smith alumni, Smith said.

“We have been privileged to teach our community’s future, whether they have become teachers, business owners, doctors or lawyers, plumbers, or bankers, Smith has a legacy of providing the first classroom experience for Williamson County’s children.

Smith, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday on July 4, will also be on hand to sign her memoir Born for America: The Life of Inge Meyring Smith, published by O’More Publishing. A film documentary, One of the Miracles, The Inge Meyring Smith Story, debuted in April at the Franklin Theatre. It was produced by a Smith parent, who is also a filmmaker. Clay Stafford is owner of American Blackguard.

For more information about this event or enrollment call 794-2488 or visit

Posted on: 8/8/2013


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