Special Guests Tour Whitfield Elementary Schools

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Three representatives from Georgia members of Congress enjoyed a learning tour as they visited several Whitfield County elementary schools Tuesday morning.

Superintendent Judy Gilreath and Georgia Board of Education member Larry Winter hosted Denise Clopton, regional representative for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, Seth Coker, regional representative for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, and Travis Loudermilk, field representative for U.S. Rep. Tom Graves. Winter represents Region 14, which covers all or part of 12 northwest Georgia counties including Whitfield.

Their tour took them to Varnell, Cohutta, Beaverdale, and Dawnville elementary schools. Ms. Clopton worked with Superintendent Gilreath to arrange the tour. She said the senators (Isakson and Chambliss) and Rep. Graves are interested in education and want to know what is happening in Georgia's schools.

During the tour, they saw students perform The Jungle Book, learned about Reading Recovery and the community literacy initiative, visited classrooms, read with students, and even took some time out to hone their skills with a bow and arrow as students were finishing up their archery class at Cohutta Elementary.



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