Ga State Representatives help kick off Pre-K week

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Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Raising awareness to childhood education.

"It means a lot as state representatives to come back and partner with our schools to encourage and let the teachers know that we support you and we don't mind coming out and reading interesting and exciting books to our pre-k students," said Sheila Nelson, Georgia State Representative.

Nelson says by participating in Georgia's Pre-K week State Representatives are able to improve the school system.

"Every chance I get to come in to my schools we visit because it does help when we discuss legislation that's going to affect our public schools," Nelson said.

From serving 750 students in its first year to approximately 81,000 students now Nelson says they don't just talk the talk, but they also walk the walk.

"For the first time in nearly 20 years we were able to fully fund our public schools this year and I think a lot of the time funding can go a long way. We also were able to give our teachers a raise recently so I'm sure that made a lot of them very happy but, it's very important that we support the schools, not just physically but, also financially because our public schools really need our help."

Help that can begin with something as small as reading.

"Have library books, visit your public libraries, let the children know reading will take them a long way. So, we are excited every chance we get to come out and read to our students because the earlier you start reading the more learning I believe they will get in," said Nelson.