First lady inspires kindergarten students to read

Visits 3 Forsyth County elementary schools

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Three Forsyth County elementary schools welcomed Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, who launched her “Read Across Georgia” initiative.

The campaign is to support Gov. Nathan Deal’s goal of increasing the percentage of children reading at grade level by the completion of third grade.

The governor has proclaimed March “Read Across Georgia” month in honor of this initiative.

Sandra Deal expressively read “Who I’d Like To Be” to kindergarten students at Settles Bridge Elementary, Haw Creek Elementary and Mashburn Elementary on March 7.

The book is about a young boy who dreams of being different insects and animals and what he would do if he were each character. The boy eventually decides he is happy being himself.

Deal uses the book, written by Georgia author Elizabeth Brown when she was 90 years old, as a teaching tool to promote literacy.

“Stories help them develop; it stimulates new words and it helps them think,” she said after keeping the attention of about 150 kindergarten students at Settles Bridge Elementary. “Parental activities as simple as reading stories aloud to young children can greatly improve and enhance our students’ reading and literacy skills.”

The first lady’s goal is to visit every school district across the state over the next three years.

Settles Bridge Elementary Principal Lee Anne Rice said it was an honor to have the first lady reading to the class.

“The kids are in awe that someone this special came to read to them,” Rice said. “It’s going to inspire them to love reading.”

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