ATLANTA (October 3, 2013) – Senator Josh McKoon (R – Columbus) read to a group of students at River Road Elementary School 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.
“Involvement in early childhood education programs provide students with a solid foundation for success,” said Senator McKoon. “I am especially proud of the tireless efforts of teachers and parents to ensure our students are given the tools necessary to prepare for the future.”
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 River Road Elementary, Senator McKoon 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 McKoon 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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