Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal reads “Who I’d Like To Be” to pre-k and kindergarten students at Pelham Elementary School. Deal visited Pelham and four other southwest Georgia school systems on Wednesday as part of her “Read Across Georgia” initiative to promote literacy in the state’s 181 school districts.
PELHAM, Ga. — Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal swept through south Georgia on Wednesday on yet another leg of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Commission’s (DECAL) “Read Across Georgia” initiative.
Deal read “Who I’d Like to Be” by Elizabeth Brown to Pelham Elementary School’s Pre K and kindergarten students in the school’s lunchroom.
Earlier in the day she also visited Jeffersonville Elementary in Twiggs County, Dooly County Elementary and Baconton Charter. After visiting Pelham she was whisked away to finish the day at Funston Elementary in Colquitt County.
Her goal is to read in all of the state’s 181 school districts by the end of the school year. So far this year, she has read in nearly 300 Georgia elementary schools
“This past year, I had the opportunity to visit 100 counties and 170 schools emphasizing to parents, teachers and mentors the importance of being proficient in reading,” Deal said “We must increase the percentage of children reading well and independently at grade-level because this lays the groundwork for all of their future academic and career endeavors.
“I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish during my Read Across Georgia initiative this year.”
As a part of the initiative, DECAL urged parents, child care providers and the entire community are encouraged to make a special effort to read to children of all ages.
“Reading can have a huge impact in the lives of our state’s youngest learners and ‘Read Across Georgia’ and ‘Georgia Reads Aloud Day’ are great ways for everyone to get involved,” said DECAL Commissioner Bobby Cagle. “The programs support Governor (Nathan) Deal’s goal to have all of Georgia’s children reading on grade level by third grade.”
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families.
It administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services program, federal nutrition programs, and manages voluntary quality enhancement programs.