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Georgias First Lady reads to LPS students
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Georgias First Lady Sandra Deal reads a story to kindergarten students Friday at Lanier Primary School. Deal made a stop at the school as part of her Read Across Georgia campaign to instill an appreciation of reading in Georgias young students. - photo by Crissie Elric

Kindergarteners at Lanier Primary School were entertained by a special guest Friday when Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal stopped by the school to read a story to students.
Students in Kim Covington and Alice Dowd’s kindergarten classes curiously listened as Deal read “Who I’d Like to be,” a tale about a child who wished to be many things including a bird, frog, turtle, pig and more.
Deal involved the children in reading of the story, something she believes is important.
“I’m glad I get to read to them and let them learn and be auditory learners too—let it be all the senses involved,” she said.
Deal chose that book to read because it was written and illustrated by a Georgia woman and her granddaughter. Deal also read a poem written by Gov. Nathan Deal about why reading is important.
Sandra Deal said her stop at LPS was part of her “Read Across Georgia” campaign in an effort to instill in students a sense of importance of reading at an early age. She has visited over 300 schools in Georgia’s 181 school systems, she said. She had one other stop after LPS and her campaign would be complete.
“We believe that if we can get our children to read and be comfortable with reading and read well, that will solve a lot of Georgia’s problems about our workforce, our prison problems and our graduation rates,” Deal said

Read more in the May 11 edition of the News.

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