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State officials celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week

Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park took part in Georgia’s Pre-K Week. State Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-Ellenwood) read to student there this week as part of the celebrations. (Special Photo)

Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park took part in Georgia’s Pre-K Week. State Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-Ellenwood) read to student there this week as part of the celebrations. (Special Photo)

McDONOUGH — Criss-cross apple sauce State Rep. Andy Welch (R-McDonough) sat inside a circle of intrigued 4-year-olds as part of Georgia’s Pre-K Week, Sept. 30 - Oct. 4.

Welch read to the group from “Showdown at the Food Pyramid” by children’s author Rex Barron.

The weeklong Pre-K celebration is hosted by Voices for Georgia’s Children and its partners. State legislators and community leaders across Georgia took part in the recognition.

Welch, State Reps. Valencia Stovall (D-Ellenwood), Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro) and Rahn Mayo (D-Decatur) and Georgia Department of Transportation board member Dana Lemon were among nearly 150 officials who visited some of the state’s roughly 3,800 Pre-K classrooms.

Welch read to children at Towne Square Academy at Green Valley in McDonough. Stovall paid a visit to Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park. Glanton read to kids at La Petite Academy in Jonesboro. Mayo visited Laurel Ridge Elementary in Decatur. Lemon was a guest at Towne Square Academy at Racetrack Road in McDonough.

“We know that early childhood education is critical to future success, and preparing for elementary school is an important part of life for a child from birth through age five,” said Welch.

Pat Willis, the executive director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, emphasized the role Pre-K programs play in developing young students.

“About 84,000 four-year-olds in Georgia benefit from Georgia’s Pre-K program, a milestone in the critical phase of education that takes place from birth to age 8,” said Willis.