Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Week is October 3 -7, and Bulloch County Schools' pre-k faculty are welcoming parents, special guests and elected officials into their classrooms. "It's an opportunity for us to showcase the program's success, increase stakeholder awareness and strengthen community support for young learners," said Dr. Yvette Ledford, director of the district's pre-k program.
In its sixth year, Georgia Pre-K Week is a celebration of early learning and the quality education programs for our state's youngest students. The week-long series of events supports the 24th anniversary of the state’s nationally recognized pre-k program. Local highlights in Bulloch County Schools include themed activities, celebrity readers and a special exhibit of pre-k students' artwork at the Averitt Center for the Arts.
The week’s festivities begin Monday, October 3 with school visits from corporate sponsor Georgia Power and Rep. Jan Tankersley. Georgia Power representatives will read to Sallie Zetterower Elementary School's pre-k classes at 10:15. Rep. Tankersley will read to Brooklet Elementary School's pre-k class at 9:30 and Mill Creek Elementary School’s pre-k classes at 11:00. She will also visit Southeast Bulloch High School’s pre-k class on Wednesday, October 5, at 10:00.
Rep. Tankersley will read the state-adopted book, "Rainbow Fish," by Marcus Pfister. Tankersley has made reading to students during Pre-K Week an annual tradition. She and more than 100 legislators statewide have committed to visit Pre-k centers in their districts to read to students, meet with instructors, tour the facilities and observe students learning.
New this year in Bulloch County is an exhibit of pre-k students' artwork at the Averitt Center for the Arts. Families are invited to visit the Averitt Center's third-floor Multipurpose Gallery during the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority's First Friday event Friday, October 7, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Pre-K teachers and directors will be present to help celebrate the students’ artwork.
The school system invites legislators, local elected officials, community leaders and the Board of Education to visit its pre-k sites during this week. Bulloch County Schools has 19 pre-k classes located at 12 sites on the district's elementary and high school campuses. The classes serve a total of 416 students. Bulloch County Schools also serves special needs students through its Pre-K Disabilities Program. The school system has 38 pre-k teachers and assistant teachers. Principals serve as site directors at their campuses, and Dr. Yvette Ledford at the central office is the program's project director.
Georgia Pre-K Week is organized by Voices for Georgia’s Children and endorsed by Bright from the Start, Georgia's Department for Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Synovus and Georgia Power Company are corporate sponsors for the statewide event.
Established in 2003, Voices for Georgia's Children is a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization that envisions a Georgia where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community. Their mission is to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the wellbeing of all Georgia’s children.