JEFFERSONVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Georgia's First Lady, Sandra Deal is making her rounds throughout middle Georgia today to read to elementary schools.
The First Lady's day began in Twiggs County at Jeffersonville Elementary School, where Deal read 'Who I'd Like To Be' to the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. Deal mixed in a little bit of fun and interaction by showing the kids how a duck waddles and how a pig snorts and digs in the mud.
This is part of Deal's Read Across Georgia initiative, which is her effort to read to all 180 school systems in the state this year before school lets out for the summer. Deal insisted on achieving this goal before the kids head for the summer break, some as early as the end of this week.
Deal's plan is to foster an increased desire to read while outside the classroom and to get kids to know that reading can be fun.
"This will lay the foundation for their future," Deal explained. "Because if they can read, and read well, by third grade then they will be successful at reading content material as they go on into middle and high school."
Deal spent about a half hour at Jeffersonville Elementary before heading out the door to her other nine reading appointments scheduled for the day.