On February 7th, Perkerson Elementary had a former school teacher and now First Lady visit their elementary school. Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal spent some time with the Kindergarten class at Perkerson. She read a poem (Learning to Read) and a book (Who I’d Like to Be) to the attentive and active kindergarteners at Perkenson Elementary. First Lady Sandra Deal is a former school teacher who spent the majority of her educational career teaching 6th grade. She mentioned that it had been awhile since she taught but was ready and enjoys every chance she gets to return to the classrooms to visit and take part in school activities. First Lady Deal was well into storyteller mode as she read and made insightful comments about her time spent teaching in the classroom, the importance of literacy and friendships, and telling the students that building a solid educational foundation would help them go far in their lives. “Your teachers are helping you everyday learn the skill of reading because when you can read, you can read math problems, you can read science, you can read social studies and you can read about the world. After that, you can go on to do great things in school and in your lives”, exclaimed First Lady Sandra Deal. “We all know and the research supports that literacy is the gateway skill to all other content areas,” states Perkerson Principal Shawn Bender, “and we greatly appreciate Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal visiting us to share the vital skill of literacy with our students.”
Principal Shawn Bender was joined by faculty of Perkerson and the Early Learning Department at APS in hosting Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal and her staff. The kindergarteners were attentive and eager listeners and learners and Perkerson thanks Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal for her visit to our school!