State Representative Stacey Abrams visited Fred Armon Toomer Elementary School during Georgia Pre-K Week to promote literacy and foster a love of reading with the Pre-kindergarten children. Toomer’s Pre-K children, Pre-K staff, several Early Learning Specialist from APS Office of Early Learning/Teaching & Learning, members of Representative Stacey Abrams’ office, and representatives from Voices for Georgia’s Children attended this special event.
“Rep. Abrams did a great job keeping the children engaged!” stated Winona Jones-Archie, APS Early Numeracy Specialist.
The students enjoyed listening to Rep. Abrams read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean, and Will I Have a Friend? written by Miriam Cohen. “I like Pete the Cat, because I saw his belly button!” said Isaiah Dinkins-Jones, pre-kindergarten student. Joye Bradley from APS Office of Early Learning also engaged the students by singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Humpty Dumpty” nursery rhymes.
At the end of the story time, Rep. Abrams donated the books read to Toomer’s Pre-K classroom libraries. Toomer’s entire school community greatly appreciates Rep. Stacey Abrams, Voices for Georgia’s Children, APS Early Learning Office, and everyone who played a role in making the event a great success.
“It is important to maximize any opportunity promoting literacy, especially amongst young learners,” states Traci Sims, APS Early Literacy Specialist.