visited Whitesburg Elementary School on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 to read to students.
The reading initiative, “Read Across Georgia” is a collaborative idea from Gov. Nathan Deal, First
Lady Sandra Deal, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner, Bobby Cagle, and
State School Superintendent, John Barge.
“We must increase the percentage of children reading well and independently at grade-level because
this lays the groundwork for all of their future academic and career endeavors,” said Mrs. Deal. “This
past year, I had the opportunity to visit 100 counties and 170 schools emphasizing to parents,
teachers and mentors the importance of being proficient in reading. I look forward to seeing what we
can accomplish during my Read Across Georgia initiative this year.”
DECAL will sponsor “Georgia Reads Aloud Day” on Tuesday, March 19. On this day, parents, child
care providers and the entire community are encouraged to make a special effort to read to children
of all ages. Classrooms are also invited to enter a contest for the “Most Books Read” between the
hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on March 19. The winning classroom will receive a special visit and
reading from Mrs. Deal and DECAL Commissioner Bobby Cagle.