Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Great Start Georgia Launch

Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal, announced the launch of Great Start Georgia from the Capitol on January 7, 2013. State Leaders, communities, and families joined Mrs. Deal as she expressed Georgia’s commitment to making sure all expectant parents, new parents, and children get a great start!

No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength Campaign

Gov. Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal, with the chief administrative officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Linda Matzigkeit, the executive director of the Georgia Food Bank Association Danah Craft, the executive director of the Arby’s Foundation Kate Atwood, and the president of Arby’s Inc. Hala Moddelmog, announced that the Arby’s Foundation’s will donate $3 million to the Georgia Food Bank Association’s “Feeding for a promising future – No Kid Hungry” campaign. “I am glad we have people, corporations and organizations that work hard to nourish our children’s well being,” said Deal. “The Arby’s Foundation, in conjunction with the efforts of others, is helping us move one step closer to ending childhood hunger in Georgia.”

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

First Lady Sandra Deal Tours Georgia Northwestern’s Walker-Murray Campus Get-To-Work Educational Programs Highlighted

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Electronics Technology instructor Ronald Turner, left, speaks with the First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal during a tour of the Whitfield Murray County Campus of GNTC. Shown in the middle is GNTC Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Ginger Mathis.
The First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal spent Wednesday morning touring the Whitfield Murray Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College which is currently housed in the Whitfield County Career Academy.
The tour was part of a luncheon event held by the Dalton-Whitfield Archway Partnership covering the progress of education in the region. GNTC’s Whitfield Murray Campus Manager Tom Bojo was among the leaders on hand to welcome Mrs. Deal.
More than 100 business, education, and community leaders attended the event at the Whitfield County-based campus. Also in attendance was Georgia’s State School Superintendent, Dr. John Barge, State Board of Education representative, Larry Winter, and Archway Partnership Education Committee member, Brian Cooksey who presented seven education initiatives their group is focusing on.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE CHATTANOOGAN.COM

Georgia First Lady visits Rockdale Cares

Thursday, February 23, 2012 
CONYERS -- Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal came to Rockdale County Thursday morning to visit Rockdale Cares to learn more about the services provided to children, adults and families.

"Rockdale Cares (which operates Haven House and Our Place) invited me to tour their facilities for developmentally challenged children and adults," Deal said in a statement. "I am concerned about all Georgians, especially our children. My goal is that all children are educated, healthy, safe and growing."
Deal also visited Our Place, where an adult day program provides clients opportunities to learn job skills, gardening, music and daily living skills.
Barbara Kilpatrick, executive director of Rockdale Cares, said Deal's visit was well received. "She made it a point to go around and shake hands and give hugs, and I think everyone was pleased," Kilpatrick said.
Kilpatrick also said she hoped Deal's visit would increase awareness and support for the services provided by Rockdale Cares. Kilpatrick said Rockdale Cares is seeking to obtain additional state funding for Haven House, which costs more than $200,000 to operate annually. Rockdale Cares receives $50,000 in state funding and must rely on fundraisers and donations to support its services. Due to funding issues, Haven House is open only on the weekends and during school breaks.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE ROCKDALE CITIZEN

Georgia's First Lady Visits CDA

Pre-K students at the Child Development Association were all ears when Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal read a book to them last week. Then they reciprocated by singing a spirited rendition of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," the hit book by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault in which the letters of the alphabet have a race up a coconut tree.
Deal visited Pre-K classes at the CDA and three other North Fulton schools on March 23 as part of her “Read Across Georgia” campaign. She launched the initiative earlier this year in support of Governor Nathan Deal’s goal of increasing the percentage of children reading at grade level by the completion of third grade.
She was joined by Bobby Cagle, Commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, which administers Georgia’s nationally recognized Pre-K program.
“Education is the door to opportunity,” Deal, a former teacher, told staff and board of trustee members on her arrival at the CDA. She emphasized the importance of early education for laying the groundwork for all future academic and career endeavors. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM ROSWELL PATCH

Georgia first lady visits local child-abuse prevention agency | Online Athens

Published Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Georgia’s first lady went to a home in East Athens on Tuesday to meet the parents of a newborn child.
Sandra Deal tagged along with Prevent Child Abuse Athens workers to see how they help the couple cope with the responsibility of parenthood — a key in the effort to prevent child abuse.
“I am mainly here learning about what’s going on in all the different organizations and how they are helping families to rear their children by seeing to their educational and emotional needs,” Deal said.
Deal began the day at PCAA’s offices on Jennings Mill Road, one of two local anti-abuse agencies holding open houses this week to mark April as Child Abuse Awareness Month.
PCAA workers try to get families involved in educational and home-visit programs even before a child is born, meeting expectant parents in maternity ward waiting rooms and handing out pamphlets, according to Mary Hood, the agency’s executive director.
Hospital social workers also alert PCAA workers to families of newborns who are at risk of neglect or abuse, she said.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM ONLINE ATHENS

GA First Lady Visits Schools, Center

Sandra Deal and State School Superintendent John Barge saw a local GED program and read to students at several schools.

Her Read Across Georgia initiative brought Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal to Cartersville and Bartow County on Thursday for visits to local schools and an education center.
The campaign supports Gov. Nathan Deal's goal of increasing the number of third-graders in the state reading at grade level.
"Nathan and I both feel like reading is key for the advancement of young people and Publish Postthat's what we feel we have to encourage," the governor's wife told The Daily Tribune News.
Sandra Deal, along with state schools Superintendent John Barge, are visiting schools across the state to read to students. Her goal is to visit all 180 school districts in the state over the next three years.
The governor announced in his State of the State address in January that reading will be a focus of his administration.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM CARTERSVILLE PATCH

State's first lady reads to Gainesville second graders

GAINESVILLE - Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal, a Hall County native and former teacher, visited Gainesville Elementary School as part of her “Read Across Georgia” initiative Thursday morning.

Read Across Georgia supports Gov. Nathan Deal’s goal of increasing the percentage of children reading at grade level by the completion of third grade.

“If they’re not reading by third grade which is sort of the polishing year, when you polish your skills, then when you start into the content areas they just don’t understand the material, they can’t read it well enough to understand it,” she said.

The First Lady said that leads to bad habits, which include skipping school or even cheating. By the time unskilled readings students reach middle school, they begin to drop out. She said mentoring is also stressed in Read Across Georgia. Mrs. Deal has talked to retired teachers about coming back and helping with mentoring programs.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM ACCESS NORTH GEORGIA

Georgia's First Lady delivers meals

GAINESVILLE - Georgia’s First Lady went on the ‘March for Meals' Tuesday morning, delivering meals to senior residents of Light House Manor in Gainesville.

Mrs. Sandra Deal brought meals and visited with the residents, saying it was a valuable nutrition program for seniors and a comfort to their relatives.

“I think it’s very valuable because we don’t have families living as closely together as they once did,” Mrs. Deal said. “People don’t get checked on and fed quite as well as when families lived in the home with each other. Now, families are worried about what happens to their parents. They’re working and can’t turn loose to check on them, and to know that somebody’s going in during the day and taking them a warm meal and seeing that their OK gives peace of mind to them.”  Click here to read more from Access North Georgia

Traveling music tour to launch in Calhoun

Traveling music tour to launch in Calhoun: CALHOUN — Sandra Deal, first lady of Georgia, is set to open the statewide tour of New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 14 at the Harris Arts Center...

AT&T to donate 5,000 books to Read Across Georgia initiative - CBS Atlanta 46

AT&T to donate 5,000 books to Read Across Georgia initiative - CBS Atlanta 46

Annual gala helps nonprofit continue mission of support, care

Annual gala helps nonprofit continue mission of support, care: On April 14, help make a child’s dream come true by attending the 11th annual Hearing Children’s Voices Gala at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The event benefits SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, a n...

Girl Scouts Bridging Ceremony Celebrates 100 Years

By: Meredith Ley WSAV TV 3 

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It’s been years in the making…100 to be exact; one hundred years of lessons and learning for girls here and across the country.
Saturday, more than three thousand past and present Girl Scouts walked across the Talmadge Bridge to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girls Scouts of America. 
A bridge is an important thing for a girl scout.
It represents the transition from one stage in the scouting program to the next.  And while the journey might be full of twists and turns, there is a lot to learn along the way. 
The girl scouts of America has been teaching that life lesson to young women since 1912 and 100 years later, they are showing no signs of slowing down.
Margaret Scheme is one of the organization’s fearless leaders. She says the event is very powerful.
“My heart is just full because it’s all about the generations, and the telling of their stories. That makes it so important. Its meeting people at events like this, it makes an impact on your life.”
And the impact is lasting. Women and girls have come from all over the country to take part in this historical celebration.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

First Lady Launches 'Read Across Georgia'

By Associated Press

ATLANTA- Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal has launched the "Read Across Georgia" initiative to support Gov. Nathan Deal's goal of increasing the number of third-graders reading at grade level in the state.

Sandra Deal, along with state schools Superintendent John Barge, will visit schools across the state this month to read to students. Her goal is to visit all 180 school districts in the state over the next three years.

The governor announced in his State of the State address in January that reading will be a focus of his administration. Nathan Deal named March "Read Across Georgia" month in honor of the initiative.

Experts say children who cannot read on grade level by third-grade have more difficulty catching up and are more likely to drop out of school.