Maple Hill Rolls Out the Red Carpet [Video]

Naugatuck school treats students like royalty on day one. [Story follows video.]


NAUGATUCK - Superstars strolled down the shiny red carpet. The Paparazzi flashed their cameras with a fury. A few people even showed up in limos.

There wasn't a movie filmed in Naugatuck, but local children felt like celebrities as they entered in style Wednesday morning.

School faculty and staff set up a Hollywood theme, complete with a red carpet walk for students through the center of parents acting like Paparazzi behind red velvet ropes. The event has been held every first day for the past four years.  

"We do this because the children are our celebrities, the staff are celebrities," said Principal Cheryl Kane, who showed up in a stretch limo donated for the event by Limosuines Plus in Wolcott. "It's a great way to kick off the year." 

The school welcomed more than 500 students on Wednesday. Parents Chris and Carla Abate, who have two children at Maple Hill, said the event is something they look forward to every year.

"This is nice because it makes the kids comfortable and it makes us, as parents, comfortable, too," Chris Abate said. "It's fun for everyone." 

Naugatuck Patch took photos and video at the event. Feel free to submit . 

Paul Singley August 29, 2012 at 08:04 PM
This was an awesome event! Kids loved it.
Rocky Vitale August 29, 2012 at 08:07 PM
The school faculty, staff and administration has always been top notch at Maple Hill. What a wonderful event!
D. Mariano August 29, 2012 at 08:12 PM
This is a great story, I love the idea of having the kids first day be so special, and the gold sparkle dress, fantastic. Keep up the wonderful work Ms. Kane
Nancy Sasso Janis August 29, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Many thanks to Paul Singley for attending our Red Carpet Opening Day. We really appreciate his fine coverage. The many parents in attendance added to the excitement. It was a wonderful opening to our school year!
dorothy kunin August 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Fantastic beginning to the school year, my hat is off to the administrators and teachers who continue the tradition. I am sorry I was not able to attend. I will definitely have my sequins ready for next year.
Paul Singley August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Dorothy: I'm gonna hold you to the dress promise!
Paul Singley August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Thanks, Nancy! Good luck this year!
Naugybride August 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Thank you to Mrs. Kane and her staff for making my son and daughter feel like movie stars today. They came from Central Ave and were so excited when they stepped off the bus to see that! What a wonderful tradition. Thanks for making us a part of the Maple Hill family!
Susanne Purcaro Daly August 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Wow what a nice event! It would have been nice to be informed about it, being new to this school, we had no idea about it! We never would have missed it!
Gloria Garcia August 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Thanx Mrs. Kane and Maple Hill school staff! As a parent of a child who came from Central Avenue, I appreciate the warm welcome. My son was absolutely thrilled to be so welcomed by all. He loves his teacher and everything about the school. Big relief after the closing of Central Avenue school who we were sad to leave. Looking forward to a GREAT year!
Franca August 30, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Thank you maplehill staff for the warm welcome for my son. It was so nice for maplehill to make this special for the kids thank you
bskillz August 30, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Another example of celebrating mediocrity, and giving kids a sense of accomplishment for doing absolutely nothing, other than what is required of them. This is the very problem with our young generation today, thus laying the groundwork for disaster tomorrow..............
June Alice Seiderer Barakat August 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM
@bsillz Making a child feel welcomed, accepted and excited about returning to school is "celebrating mediocrity?" I think this was a fabulous idea. KUDOS to the Maple Hill staff.
bskillz August 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM
That's correct. Showing up to school is not an achievment. What did they do to deserve a red carpet entrance into school? I would say, maybe let the TAG kids from last year do this, since they excelled in school. However, we don't have TAG in Naugatuck anymore, wouldn't want to separate children and hurt feelings........... Does your boss roll out a red carpet when you walk in to work? There is no prize for showing up in life. Why should we instill this in our kids, who are going to be responsible for running this country later? This is just a small example, but it's everywhere we look now and getting progressively worse.
Bryan Cottrell August 31, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Bskillz, pardon me,but you are a sad individual. The staff at Maple Hill were simply welcoming students back. There were 150 students who came from a different school, most of whom were probably scared and nervous. I cannot imagine anything else that would make these children feel welcome. This also shows students that school is a fun, happy and welcoming place. I hardly think that this red carpet event will prevent these children from "running our country later" And yes on my first day of work, I was welcomed by the staff. You are correct, there was no red carpet or people taking photos, but the workforce is made up of ADULTS, these are children. Let them have their special moments. By the way, if you have/had children, do you not have birthday parties with party hats, candles and goodie bags? Adults don't get goodie bags so based on your warped logic nor should the children right. I can sit here all day and make comparisons that make your line of thinking look foolish, but you did a pretty good job at that all by your misrerable self. Please stop your spiteful attitude toward childhood, after all if children had to follow in your way of thinking, I would definately worry about them "running this country later".
bskillz August 31, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Hey Cottrell, LOL. You are clearly unable to have an adult discussion. When you have no argument, you resort to insults, I see. This is also typical in the new generation, although I assume you are older. Kids today are never taught how to respond to opposition. They are perfect, and everyone should simple agree with them, is how they are molded. When they face adversity from others, they lash out, like you just did. If you have kids, (since you brought mine up) I hope you teach them more respect for others than you just demonstrated. This was a civil discussion board...until you showed up.
June Alice Seiderer Barakat August 31, 2012 at 01:21 PM
KUDOS Bryan--VERYwell said!
Cheryl September 02, 2012 at 06:04 PM
@bskillz, VERY SAD that you feel that way!! It was INDEED a WONDERFUL event and WONDERFUL experience for ALL who attended.. =)
Rocky Vitale September 02, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Whatever it takes to engage children to want to learn. Carpet, balloons, simply an incentive just as vacation for a worker, a picnic to engage teamwork. Different celebrations engage different people at every age. Use what works to make them want to be there. There is a difference between incentive and reward. What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. ~George Bernard Shaw


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