Wilkinson Visit to Big A Marks Pre-K Week

State Sen. John Wilkinson reads to Pre-K students at Big A Elementary Thursday

State Sen. John Wilkinson reads to Pre-K students at Big A Elementary Thursday

50th District State Senator John Wilkinson marks Pre-K Week in Georgia.

Wilkinson visited the Pre-K at Big A Elementary School Thursday, reading to the students in the class, as part of Pre-K Week in Georgia, which is being marked this week.

The state senator said he had a great time visiting the school and meeting with the students and staff.

“I always enjoy getting to see the young students,” said Wilkinson.  “They are always so enthusiastic and they are so excited about being in school and learning new things.  It rejuvenates me to spend time around them.”

Meanwhile, Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten said it was a pleasure for the school system to welcome Wilkinson into the classroom.

“He did a fantastic job,” said Whiten.  “He relates so well to the kids.  The kids really enjoyed the story.  We appreciate being able to highlight all of the great things we do with Pre-K because it is a wonderful program.”

Whiten said the event also gives school officials a chance to highlight the importance of Pre-K programs in education.

“A study recently has shown that kids that attend Pre-K actually have better third grade readiness scores than kids that do not,” said Whiten.

Wilkinson agreed on the importance of Pre-K programs.

He added that Georgia has an excellent Pre-K program.

“About 60 percent of our four-year olds are currently enrolled in a Pre-K program in the state,” said Wilkinson.  “Of course, all the statistics point out the value of the Pre-K program and how much better our young people do if they have the opportunity to participate in a Pre-K program.  We have seen an outstanding Pre-K program at Big A this morning and we just want to continue to work to provide opportunities to even more of our students.

He called Georgia’s Pre-K program a model.

“We can all take pride in that,” said Wilkinson.

The state’s official Pre-K week this week is hosted by Voices for Georgia’s Children and its Pre-K Week partners.

Organizers said Wilkinson was one of nearly 150 officials who are visiting some of the approximately 3,800 Pre-K classrooms located in all 159 counties in Georgia.