Residents honor founder in Grace Episcopal dedication


Front row: Tom and Ellen Schifanella and Earline Johnson;
second row: Jim and Dodie Horsfall

Jan Burton, formerly of Orange Park, was ahead of her time when she established the Grace Episcopal Pre-School and Kindergarten of Orange Park in 1950. Since then the school expanded in 1995 adding elementary classrooms and again in 2010 to add middle school grades.
At the Apr. 3 dedication of the Jan Burton Transition Five Classroom, Head of School Martha Milton said, “Jan was so progressive in her day.” Burton developed the “transition five” classroom concept to give kids one more year to get ready socially and emotionally for kindergarten.
Burton, who lives with her daughter in the Pacific Northwest, was supported by area residents in funding and maintaining the school. On hand to celebrate the dedication of the Transition Five Classroom they support were Tom and Ellen Schifanella of Atlantic Beach, Earline Johnson and Windy Gains of Ortega, Jim and Dodie Horsfall of San Jose, Susie Smith of San Marco, Cindy Archibald Purcell of Lakeshore, Owene Courtney and Karrie Massee of Orange Park, Muffet Moran of Green Cove Springs and Sally Harasz of Neptune Beach.

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