FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal visited Fort Benning on Wednesday to read to children as part of Georgia Children's Cabinet "Month of the Military."
The nonprofit organization Reach Out and Read Georgia hosted the First Lady's visit.
The governor's office says books can provide comfort to children when a parent is deployed.
Deal spoke to News Leader 9 about the importance of reading at an early age.
"There's not a better way to build a relationship with a parent than to read with the child, and that is comforting but it also is educating the child," said Deal. "The children then will begin to want to read."
The First Lady's visit comes on the heels of a $25,000 challenge grant from Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Reach Out and Read Georgia was the recipient of that grant.