On March 19, Mrs. Sylvia Reed, Mayor Kasim Reed’s mother, read to pre-k and kindergarten students at Burgess-Peterson Academy in recognition of Governor Nathan Deal’s “Georgia Reads Aloud Day.” The children welcomed Mrs. Reed with a special song and presented her biography. Before Mrs. Reed began to read aloud, she interacted with the students and allowed them to ask her questions. “I like to dialogue with young people because I want to know what is on your minds,” Mrs. Reed said.
Student Question #1:
“What is the favorite thing about being first mother?”
“My favorite time is being with young people like yourself, seeing what you’re doing and to hear your thoughts, and sharing with you as you continue to grow.”
Student Question #2:
“How can I grow up to be mayor?”
“You’re in the right place right now. Learn the basics, listen to parents and teachers, go to college and do great things in the community, especially to those who are less fortunate. Always do your best, and believe in yourself and believe in serving people.”
Special thanks to Mrs. Reeds who read Maybe When I’m Bigger by Christianne C. Jones to the lively group of children. This event was sponsored by the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) as part of the First Lady Sandra Deal’s “Read Across Georgia” initiative.