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Guest readers help mark Pre-K program milestone
Senator, school chief among participants
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Forsyth County News

Pre-kindergarten students may not know what a state senator does or how a school superintendent helps their education, but they learned this week that both officials love to read.

During Georgia Pre-K Week, Forsyth County dignitaries were spotted at various academies reading to children to promote early learning.

Republican District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy read to children at Kids ‘R’ Kids in his Cumming district.

“This is my sixth year of reading to children,” he said. “It is refreshing to see their eager faces and to listen to some of their questions, which are surprisingly good.

“They have no hang-ups, no boundaries. I am always reminded kids say the darndest things. I am amazed at how smart they are.”

Murphy was one of about 150 officials who visited some of the state’s 3,800 pre-K classrooms this week.

At the Carrington Academy on McFarland Road, children heard from Forsyth County Fire Chief Danny Bowman and School Superintendent Buster Evans, among others.

“We were delighted to host some of our community leaders this week ... taking time away from their demanding schedules to spend some time with us,” said Leslie Holbrook, Carrington principal. “The children were so excited to see people in “dress-up” clothes come to visit their classroom.

“We need leaders like these dedicated individuals to be vocal about the positive affect that early childhood education programs have on the future success of the child and of our community.”

This year’s Georgia Pre-K Week was special, according to Evans.

“I was honored to read to Carrington students to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Georgia’s pre-k program,” he said. “Early education is important to prepare students for school success. We are very fortunate in Georgia to have the lottery funded pre-K program, which serves more than half of the state’s 4-year olds.”