Georgia reaches one millionth Pre-K student

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A packed gymnasium full of enthusiastic Pre-K students, parents, and teachers along with Governor Sonny Perdue and wife Mary celebrated with Sumter County Primary School Thursday.

They sang "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and wore T-shirts with 'I am one in a million' printed on the front.  The one millionth child to enter Georgia's Pre-K program attends the school...a real reason to celebrate.

"I'm fully convinced that our pre-k program has helped more of our student graduate we've seen these numbers go up and that's what we're encouraging these students to do.">

And at the rate in which they're learning, they should have no problems walking across the stage in  2023.

"They do a lot of language development, a lot of literacy, fluency words, work pronunciation, they also learn a lot of numbers, numeration and then some colors, if they a lot of social and emotional development," says Holly Robinson, Commissioner for Bright for the Start.

Robinson heads up Bright from the Start, an agency that works with teachers on implementing the PRE-K standards.   A highlight for the kids was when Clifford the Big Red Dog entered the room and seeing the author and songwriter of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom."

Robinson says the state plans to expand the Pre-K program to include an additional 2000 slots next year.  Currently, there are 7000 kids on the waiting list.

The millionth child's identity was not revealed due to privacy.

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