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Georgia’s first lady reads to local students

Posted: November 22, 2017 - 2:22am
Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal reads Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse: A Tail of the U.S. Supreme Court to third-graders at River Ridge Elementary School in Evans on Nov. 14.
Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal reads Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse: A Tail of the U.S. Supreme Court to third-graders at River Ridge Elementary School in Evans on Nov. 14.

River Ridge Elementary third-grader Christopher Baldwin was dressed to impress First Lady Sandra Deal, with his sports jacket and American flag bow tie on Nov. 14.

Baldwin was one of approximately 130 third-graders who gathered in the school's media center to hear Deal read Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse: A Tail of the U. S. Supreme Court - a fitting choice since the students are currently studying the three branches of government.

Deal visited Blue Ridge, Greenbrier, Riverside, River Ridge South Columbia and Stevens Creek elementary schools while visiting Columbia County. Last week, the former educator celebrated her 800th school visit since her husband, Gov. Nathan Deal, took office in 2011.

"I miss that opportunity to be in the classroom and really get down and learn about special things and teach children and see their faces light up," she said. "But I get that a lot when they listen to me read and they are really engaged, and they're really learning what's going on in the story."

Deal was not only an educator but the oldest of four children and mother to four children. Her animated reading style and the tidbits of information she shared while reading at River Ridge kept students engaged. Excitement for Deal's reading preceded her arrival as students compiled questions to ask her.

Their anticipation served a purpose for teachers.

"It gets them excited about reading," third-grade teacher Kambria Sabo said.

According to educators, literacy is critical by third grade to ensure better performance in later grades.

"If they haven't gotten those skills set by third grade, then they are going to start missing out on a lot of content in other areas if they aren't able to read the content there," Kelley Bell, media specialist at River Ridge Elementary, said.

 

 

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