First lady Deal visits elementary schools
by Celia Shortt
Georgia first lady Sandra Deal visited the kindergarten students at Newnan Crossing Elementary School on Thursday and read them the book “Who I’d Like to Be” as part of her extended Read Across Georgia Initiative.
Deal also went to Poplar Road Elementary School to read to the pre-k and kindergarten students there. “Learning to read is the key to being successful in life and school,” she told students at Newnan Crossing.
“Who I’d Like to Be” was written by Elizabeth Brown. It is her first book, and she wrote it when she was 90 years old. Her great-granddaughter, Alexandria Elizabeth Brown, did the illustrations. Both are from Georgia.
Newnan Crossing Elementary School Principal Terri Lassetter said the school had been looking forward to Deal’s visit.
“We were just really excited when they contacted us about coming to Newnan Crossing,” she said. “The whole school knows and is excited about her coming. We wish she could have spent more time.”
When she was finished reading, several students presented Deal with a gift basket and copy of “Oh, The Places You Will Go” by Dr. Seuss.