ATLANTA (October 2, 2013) – Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R – Duluth) will read to the preschool class at Legacy Academy on Wednesday October 2 as part of Georgia’s Pre-K Week. Around the state, attention will be turned to the tens of thousands of Georgia’s youngest children in celebration of the important work they are doing to prepare for school success. The third annual Georgia Pre-K Week runs from Monday, September 30 to Friday, October 4.
“Strong literacy skills are the foundation of lifelong learning, and it is critical to introduce students to the benefits of reading at an early age. I am proud to support Georgia Pre-K Week and the efforts to prepare these young learners for future success,” said Senator Shafer.
Senator Shafer will be at Legacy Academy from approximately 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. While there, he will participate in a reading activity with the children, take a tour of the facility, talk with the staff, and get an up-close look at the many ways that the center is supporting early learning.
“Georgia’s Pre-K program is an exceptional program that can serve as a model for our country,” said Pat Willis, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, a child advocacy organization. “About 84,000 four year olds in Georgia benefit from this remarkable program, a milestone in the critical phase of education that takes place from birth to age eight.”
Senator Shafer will be one of nearly 150 state officials to visit Pre-K classrooms in all 159 counties across Georgia to celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week.
For Immediate Release:
October 2, 2013
For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Director