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Ga. First Lady reads to Pickens preschoolers



Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal (second from left), and Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Bobby Cagle (left) visited preschoolers at Country Kids Daycare in Jasper as part of the statewide “Read-A-Loud Day.” Mrs. Deal read “What I’d Like to Be,” by Elizabeth Brown, a self-published Georgia author.

    Four and five year olds at Country Kids Daycare in Jasper were in for a treat this past Tuesday morning as the state’s First Lady Sandra Deal wriggled and swam her way through a children’s book that encourages children to image what life would be as different animals.

    The First Lady, wife of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, spent the day reading at a handful of Georgia preschools as part of the Read-A-Loud Day. On this day, parents, childcare providers and the entire community are encouraged to read aloud to children.
    “What we believe is that it is important that you learn how to read and that you practice reading every night,” Mrs. Deal told Country Kids preschoolers, who were excited participants during the reading session.
    Classrooms are invited to enter a contest for the “Most Books Read” between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Read-A-Loud Day, and the winning classroom will receive a special visit and reading from Mrs. Deal and Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Bobby Cagle, who also read a selection to Country Kids preschoolers.
    Read-A-Loud Day is part of “Read Across Georgia Month,” an effort to promote literacy in young children that was launched by the Deals, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and the state superintendent.
    “My husband and I believe that reading should be taught early because if a child is a solid reader by third grade they enjoy school more and are more successful,” Mrs. Deal said, who has visited over 60 schools as a part of the statewide initiative.

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