Friday March 1st, 2024 9:55AM

Former Governor Nathan Deal reads to students at White Sulphur, Riverbend schools

By Caleb Hutchins Assistant News Director

Students at two Hall County elementary schools got a visit Thursday from former Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

Deal read to students at both White Sulphur and Riverbend elementary schools near Gainesville. He made the visits on what would have been the birthday of his late wife, Sandra Deal.

White Sulphur and Riverbend elementary schools are set to be consolidated next school year into a new school that will be named in the former First Lady of Georgia's honor.

"We thought this would be a good way to celebrate her birthday," Deal said Thursday. "Sandra was always insistent that literacy was one of the most important ingredients that a child could have in their life. That was her theme and motto and she actually taught school here in the (Hall County Schools) system."

Deal was joined in the reading by several of his family and friends. He said he enjoys getting to spend time reading to the children.

"Just to see their excitement...to see their reaction to reading a book to them. We've been very fortunate, we've had some real great experiences," Deal said.

Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield spoke about having the former governor in the classrooms Thursday.

“We are just so blessed and honored to have the former Governor, his family, and his close friends visit these two schools today,” Schofield said. "Sandra’s legacy will endure in the lives of those she influenced with her advocacy, compassion, and love. She was an example to us all. I can’t help but think that the teacher in her must be smiling this morning as she watches the eyes of these students lighting during reading time.”

Sandra Dunagan Deal Elementary School is set to open on Ramsey Road off of Georgia 365 in fall of 2024.

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