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First Lady Sandra Deal reads to children at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Alpharetta to kick off Georgia Pre-K week. CAITLIN WAGENSEIL/Staff. (click for larger version)
First Lady Sandra Deal, left, and Bright from the Start Commissioner Bobby Cagle, right, listen while students read them a poem at Kids 'R' Kids. CAITLIN WAGENSEIL/Staff. (click for larger version)
First Lady Sandra Deal is given a book that students at Kids 'R' Kids made special for her visit.
CAITLIN WAGENSEIL/Staff. (click for larger version)
October 04, 2013ALPHARETTA, Ga. Pre-K students at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Alpharetta were greeted by First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal on Monday, Sept. 30 to kick off the third annual Georgia Pre-K Week.
Sponsored by Voices for Georgia's Children and Pre-K partners around the state, Georgia Pre-K Week, Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, focuses on the important role of Georgia's pre-K program on future academic achievement.
Deal was one of nearly 150 officials that stopped at more than 3,000 pre-K classrooms in Georgia throughout the week.
Some of those officials included Sen. John Albers, who visited Mimosa Elementary in Roswell, Sen. Jack Murphy, who visited Kids 'R' Kids in Cumming and Rep. Lynne Riley, who visited State Bridge Crossing Elementary in Johns Creek.
While at the school, at 3455 Webb Bridge Road, Deal was given a tour of the facility and also read to the children.
"This is where you start to learn how to read," Deal told the students. "And we're very excited about that."
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning's Bright from the Start Commissioner Bobby Cagle was also present to read to the students. Cagle said he was happy to have them pay attention and interact throughout the story.
Following the reading activities, the children, who were joined by staff members, read a poem they prepared for both Cagle and Deal, and they gave Deal a handmade book.
"This is quite special to me — thank you very much for letting me come and visit you," Deal said.
Shelan Meheux, owner of Kids 'R' Kids in Alpharetta, said she was happy to have the visit from Deal and honored to have the school be named among the top 10 performing pre-K programs in Georgia for the third year in a row.
"We felt it was an honor to be recognized with her presence because we realize just how important pre-K is," she said.
Kids 'R' Kids International was established in 1985 and today has more than 38 academies throughout metro Atlanta. The school works to provide a secure, nurturing and educational environment for children 6 weeks through 12 years of age.
Meheux said that because this is the first type of schooling the children have had, it's essential that they form a good foundation while going through the pre-K program.
"This is their first stepping stone in terms of learning how to be good students, and that's what is very important to us here," she said.
For more information on Kids 'R' Kids International, visit www.kidsrkids.com.