ATLANTA – Today House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) visited Ellijay Primary School in Gilmer County to celebrate “Georgia Pre-K Week.”
“I had a wonderful time visiting with some of our youngest learners and the staff at Ellijay Primary School,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “We are fortunate to have such a strong Pre-K program in this state thanks in large part to the educators who devote their careers to this type of public service. Their efforts help pave the way for our children’s success as they begin their educational journey.”
Sponsored by Voices for Georgia’s Children and Pre-K partners throughout the state, “Georgia Pre-K Week” focuses on the important role of Georgia’s Pre-K program on future academic achievement.
While visiting Ellijay Primary School, Speaker Ralston participated in a reading activity with the children, took a tour of the facility, spoke with teachers and staff, and received an up-close look at the many ways the center is supporting early childhood education.
“Georgia’s Pre-K program is an exceptional program that can serve as a model for our country,” said Pat Willis, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children. “About 84,000 four year olds in Georgia benefit from this remarkable program, a milestone in the critical phase of education that takes place from birth to age 8.”
To celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week, Speaker Ralston was one of nearly 150 state officials who visited some of the approximately 3,800 Pre-K classrooms located in all 159 counties across Georgia. For more information about Georgia Pre-K Week 2013, please click here.
Representative David Ralston represents the citizens of District 7, which includes Fannin and Gilmer Counties, as well as a portion of Dawson County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2002, and currently serves as the House Speaker.