“It is my hope that the work of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, through its four pillars, will continue until we reach our goal of having every Georgia child reading on grade level by the end of third grade. Together, I have no doubt we can achieve just that.”

Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia

During his administration, Governor Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra, have made increasing the percentage of Georgia’s third-grade students reading at grade level a top priority. He calls the Get Georgia Reading Campaign “integral to the success of our charge of providing all Georgia children with a firm literary foundation”—which includes focusing on Language Nutrition, access, positive learning climates, and teacher preparation and effectiveness.

With the help of this coalition of state agencies and organizations, the Deals have made great strides in achieving this goal. “By prioritizing education early on in a child’s life, we ensure that our youngest students are positioned for future academic success,” says Deal.

The four pillars of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign are integrated throughout Deal’s administration’s priorities for early childhood education. His wife, Sandra, has read in all of Georgia’s 159 counties—the only First Lady to do so in our state’s history.

In addition, the Deals have worked together with the Get Georgia Reading Campaign since its inception on several statewide initiatives, including Get Georgia Reading Month. He finds that the collaboration and cooperation encouraged by the Campaign directly aligns with what he hopes to see throughout state government—especially within the education realm.

To learn more about Governor Deal, visit his website.