First Lady Sandra Deal to Visit International Charter School of Atlanta in Honor of International Day on March 8th

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Governor’s Wife Will Read to Dual-Language Immersion Elementary School Students

In an increasingly global economy, the state of Georgia continues to make inroads on the international landscape with its extensive reach abroad, strong diplomatic and consular presence, and growing economic engine. Given the state’s international focus, Governor Nathan Deal has deemed March 8th International Day, and to commemorate the occasion students at the International Charter School of Atlanta (ICSAtlanta) will welcome First Lady Sandra Deal, a former public school teacher, who will share a story with first-grade students.

Opened in August 2015, ICSAtlanta, the first and only dual-language immersion K-4th grade state charter public school in the state of Georgia prepares students for a successful future by promoting academic excellence through rigorous instruction, bilingualism, the integration of cultural competency and respect throughout all aspects of the curriculum, which will enable students to make the most of their individual talents.

“It is an honor to be chosen to share International Day with Mrs. Deal,” says Pamela Spalla, ICSAtlanta Principal, who leads the internationally-focused school which features French, German, Mandarin, and Spanish language tracks. “To highlight the global perspective of our school while sharing Mrs. Deal's love of reading is modeling for our students the goal of being life-long learners.”

Through Mrs. Deal’s literacy program, the First Lady has visited and read to all 159 counties and 181 school districts in Georgia to encourage student reading. Mrs. Deal, the daughter of educators, has dedicated her life to encouraging childhood education, and is now augmenting her efforts by highlighting the importance of developing global citizens who will not only have a competitive advantage but also provide the state with a multilingual and culturally astute workforce – further catapulting Georgia into the international spotlight.

“As Georgia's First Lady, I have had the privilege of visiting several schools abroad. Having served as a host family for international students, I learned the value and importance of educating myself about other countries and cultures,” says Mrs. Deal. “Reading at the International Charter School of Atlanta is a great way for me to connect with students who are developing into global citizens and our future leaders. Hopefully my visit will foster their love of learning and instill in them a desire to read more extensively.”

Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
Location: ICSAtlanta, 1335 Northmeadow Parkway, Ste. 100, Roswell, GA 30076
Time: 10:45am-11:15am
Website: http://www.icsatlanta.org

For additional information about the event, please email ICSAtlanta Governing Board Chair, Marisa.Kashapov(at)ICSAtlanta(dot)org.

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