It’s official, we are down to the final 10 days before Pre-K Week (September 30 – October 4 if you haven’t already marked your calendars). These next 10 days are sure to be a whirlwind of activity not just for us, but for all of our partners who are participating this year as well. This is the third year we have put together Pre-K Week, and we are hoping this is the biggest, most successful year yet. All that said, we thought it would be nice to put together a short list of 5 things you may not know about Pre-K Week.
1.) Over 2/3 of Georgia Legislators Have Participated in Pre-K Week
More often than not, organizations plan “days of action” campaigns, or action oriented events aimed at putting the focus on important policy areas. They go through all the effort to plan for perfection, then forget to engage the people who actually impact policy: lawmakers. Not to make it into too big of a deal, but we had 161 members of Georgia General Assembly participate in Pre-K Week activities in their home district, and that’s kind of a big deal. The big goal is to one day get 100% of the members in both the House and the Senate to participate in Pre-K Week.
2.) Pre-K Week Celebrations Have Happened in 117 of Georgia’s 159 Counties
Last year we had 300 centers participate in Pre-K Week. To date, we have hit 117 of the 159 counties in Georgia. The more counties we hit every year, the more we are able to bring Pre-K to the forefront. Of course, our goal is to one day get centers in all 159 counties participate. The good news is we are already more than halfway there!
3.) Our Pre-K Week Mascot is Kind of Famous
Pete the Cat, heard of him? Pete is a sophisticated blue feline who goes on all kinds of adventures, and he is the official mascot of Georgia Pre-K Week. Pete the Cat likes to sing about his favorite white shoes and his four groovy buttons, among other things, but most importantly he always has great lessons to share.
If you haven’t ever heard of Pete the Cat, there are some great YouTube videos of his songs. Check it out, it’s good stuff.
4.) Most Of The Books We Use Are Donated
So far we have had nearly 1,000 books donated for use during Georgia Pre-K Week. Participants can bring whatever book they want to read at Pre-K Centers, but we have found that it makes things a bit easier when there are already a few free options available, and we are all about making Pre-K Week as fun and easy as possible for everyone involved. This year the books we are offering are: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, by Eric Litwin and James Dean and Will I Have a Friend, by Miriam Cohen.
5.) Nothing Can Get Legislators to do the Tooty-Ta Ta like Georgia Pre-K Week
If you have no idea what the tooty-ta ta is, that’s ok, we had no idea what it was a few years ago either. Full disclosure, this video is not from an official Pre-K visit, but we still love the tooty-ta ta and are determined to get a legislator on video doing it one day!