More than a hundred legislators have committed to visiting Pre-K centers in their districts to read to students, meet with instructors, tour the facilities and observe students learning.
Georgia House District 160 Representative Jan Tankersley from Brooklet will join these legislatorstoday by reading to Pre-K classes at Brooklet Elementary School and Southeast Bulloch High School.
Voices for Georgia's Children, a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization established in 2003, sponsors the event each year. Their mission is to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia’s children.
Bulloch County Schools has 17 Pre-K classes at 11 of its campuses and serves 21 special needs students through the Pre-K Disabilities Program. The school system has 17Pre-K teachers and 17 assistant teachers. Principals at each of the 11 sites serve as site directors for Pre-K, and Dr. Marilyn Dryden at the central office is the project director. The Bulloch County School System has a total of 420 Pre-K students.
Despite reductions in state funding to the program over the past few years, Bulloch County Schools kept Pre-K as a full-day program, but did have to previously reduce days to 170. For this school year, with funding increases to Georgia Pre-K, classes returned to a 180-day year.