Senator Gloria Butler Visits Local Schools to Celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week

ATLANTA (October 3, 2013) – Senator Gloria Butler (D – Stone Mountain) read to a group of students at Redan Elementary School and Discovery Point #1 Child Development Center today as part of Georgia Pre-K Week. This year’s 3rd annual Georgia Pre-K Week ran from Monday, September 30 to Friday, October 4.

“It was an honor to visit with students today in celebration of Georgia Pre-K Week,” said Senator Butler. “Early childhood education is critical to preparing Georgia students for future academic success.”

Sponsored by Voices for Georgia’s Children and Pre-K partners throughout the state, Georgia Pre-K Week focuses on the important role of Georgia’s Pre-K program on future academic achievement.

While visiting Redan Elementary and Discovery Point # 1 Child Development Center, Senator Butler participated in a reading activity with the children, took a tour of the facility, spoke with teachers and staff, and received an up-close look at the many ways the center is supporting early childhood education.

“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. “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 8.”

To celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week, Senator Butler was one of nearly 150 state officials who visited some of the approximately 3,800 Pre-K classrooms located in all 159 counties across Georgia.

For Immediate Release:
October 3, 2013

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