Georgia Power Partners With Nonprofit ‘Voices for Georgia’ To Promote Literacy for Pre-K Students

Originally published at southerncompany.com. Southern Company ranked No. 20 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.

 

Georgia Power has partnered with the nonprofit organization Voices for Georgia’s Children for the eighth consecutive year to celebrate Pre-K Week across the state. Like 2020, this year will be completely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Georgia’s Pre-K program is administered by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and is also responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families.

Although virtual this year, elected officials including the Governor, business and community leaders, as well as Georgia Power representatives will read to students throughout the week virtually.

Last year, Georgia Power unveiled a new children’s book, Look Now, Wonder, Wow, during Georgia Pre-K Week. The book is part of the company’s Learning Power program; a statewide education initiative focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and designed to bring energy education to the classroom. This year, students will also have the opportunity to hear Jabari Jumps, the official book for Georgia Pre-K Week.

“Reading programs such as Georgia Pre-K week help build the foundations for educated and driven students of today that become the bright minds of our state’s workforce tomorrow,” said Joseph Lillyblad, Georgia Power education and workforce development manager. “At Georgia Power, we are dedicated to improving and strengthening educational initiatives to help students from all backgrounds across the state build brighter futures.”

Last year, Georgia Power education coordinators engaged with more than 6,600 Pre-K students to bring literacy and STEM activities to the classroom during the month of October.

“The past year underscored the importance of our children having a place during the day where they are safe, nurtured, and educated,” said Dr. Erica Fener Sitkoff, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children. “Georgia’s Pre-K Program is the essence of this place for our state’s four-year-olds.”

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