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Olivia Paige Instructs Students

Berry student Corley Peth working with children at the South Rome Early Learning Center.

Teachers, parents and children are praising the efforts of Berry students working in the South Rome Early Learning Center, a strategic partnership between Berry, Rome City Schools and the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation. Housed in the new Anna K. Davie Elementary School, the center welcomed its first class of 20 three-year-olds in July, the same month it was fully licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The center is meant to improve educational opportunities for the children while also providing valuable experience for Berry students. The current staff includes two graduate students in Berry’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences, one representative of the Bonner Scholars Program and four student workers serving alongside the center director, lead teacher, assistant teacher and office manager/community liaison.

“I like it because it is not just a daycare,” parent Tiara Barrett told the Rome News-Tribune. “They are really learning things and every day [my daughter] comes to me and tells me what they do.”

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Gary Jones IIGary Jones II (98C, 03G) almost didn’t go to college. His students at Rome’s East Central Elementary School are glad he did. Earlier this year, Jones was honored as one of 10 finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year. At the time of his selection, he shared his story with Kristina Wilder of the Rome News-Tribune, including the critical role Berry played in shaping his path. Read more.

Photo courtesy of Rome News-Tribune

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