Gov. Nathan Deal, left, Bobby Cagle, right, commissioner of the Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, listen as First Lady Sandra Deal reads to children at High Point Elementary in Sandy Springs.

Children at High Point Elementary received a special visitor on Oct. 2.

Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife Sandra visited the Sandy Springs school to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the state’s Pre-K program. The governor read a poem. His wife read a story called “What I’d like to be.”

The kids laughed, clapped and stretched their hands high in the air as the Deals asked them questions.

“We’re just honored to be with you and your school today,” Deal said. “And boys and girls, y’all look mighty bright and cheerful and we’re just glad to see you today.”

Bobby Cagle, Commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning which oversees the Pre-K program, said the program started in 1992.

“In the 20th anniversary year, we’re now serving 84,000 children around the state, that’s about 60 percent of the state’s 4-year-olds,” Cagle said. “Beyond that, we also have been recognized as one of five programs in the nation that meet all 10 quality standards for the National Institute for Early Education Research.”

Sandra Deal, a retired public school teacher, has also traveled the state emphasizing the importance of learning to read.

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