State Representative Allen Peake visits Macon elementary school for Georgia Pre-K Week
State Representative Allen Peake visited Sonny Carter Elementary School Monday morning to celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week. It was celebrated across the state last week, but Bibb Schools were closed for fall break. Peake read to students and encouraged them to stay in school and follow their dreams. He thinks it’s important to start teaching kids at an early age.
“I think it’s important that we show, as leaders in our community, that we’re committed to helping, encouraging these young kids to start reading as early as they can,” said Peake.
Peake read two stories about “Pete the Cat” to the students. He chose that book because it’s his granddaughter Peyton’s favorite. She helped him read one of the stories. Peake said the book helps kids learn reading can be fun.
“There are some key skills that come out of reading. They get early language skills. It’s cognitive stimulating,” explained Carter Elementary School Principal Latricia Reeves.
It also helps them as they move on to other grades.
“Research says the earlier students start reading, the more likely they are to experience success in all of their other academic areas,” said Reeves.
Peake wants children to read everyday with their family.
“To begin exploring the world of communication as early as possible,” added Peake.
Georgia’s Pre-K Program started 22 years ago. The State Department of Early Care and Learning said Pre-K Week brings attention to the importance of early learning.