MACEDONIA -- If you are a sophomore in high school you might have been a member of the inaugural pre-school class from The Goddard School in Macedonia.

The Goddard School is celebrating 10 years in its Alexandria Way location.

School owner Chris Lindley said he and his parents teamed up to start the school, which opened June 25, 2007, to serve the families in the area. Lindley's parents own the Goddard School in Twinsburg and wanted to expand into Macedonia.

"It's been a great journey," Lindley said adding the school has more than 350 preschool alumni.

The Macedonia location is one of 16 northeast Ohio locations, but the Goddard School is in 39 states across the U.S.

Lindley said that since the school's anniversary is in June, they will likely have a small ceremony in-house in June to celebrate the "official" anniversary but an open house is planned for the public on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. He said the event will feature a bouncy house for kids as well as face painting, balloon artists, and tours of the facility.

"It feels good to have an impact on the community we are in," Lindley said. "To have an impact on these children we are preparing for kindergarten and knowing that we accomplished what we should in preparing a child for kindergarten, is personally gratifying to me. Also generating those relationships with parents is always rewarding."

Goddard School provides not only pre-school services but childcare for working parents for infants to children age 10. The school is open year round and has a summer camp for kids as well. Lindley said the summer camps usually have a theme and this year's is "Road Trip USA." Throughout the summer, the students will build things like the Empire State Building or the Golden Gate Bridge. He said the summer program will also feature entertainers such as balloon artists.

The pre-k philosophy of the school is that children learn through play. He said the approach creates a lifelong love of learning and makes kids excited to learn new things.

"It's very common for preschool settings," Lindley said. "Our teachers create lessons in themed activities, which allows them to learn new concepts and skills as well as make decisions during their natural play."

Goddard School teachers have a four-year degree in early childhood education. He said there are 20 teachers, who are all state certified.

Safety is a big priority for the school, which features a biometric fingerprint scanner that monitors personnel who enter the school, along with other security measures.

The Goddard School is located at 2073 Alexandria Drive in Macedonia. For more information, call 330-468-0488 or visit www.goddardschool.com.

Briana Barker: 330-541-9432

bbarker@recordpub.com