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Gov. Kay Ivey highlights importance of reading in back-to-school visits


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey recently visited multiple turnaround schools throughout Alabama to emphasize the vital role of reading as students embark on a new academic year.

Among the schools Gov. Ivey traveled to in the state were J. E. Hobbs Elementary, ABC Elementary, Jerry Lee Faine Elementary, and Dozier Elementary.

Engaging with K-2 students, she distributed books, fostered discussions, and shared personal anecdotes, highlighting the significance of hard work, leadership, and reading in shaping successful futures.

Gov. Ivey’s presence in classrooms in Alabama and her commitment to providing students with the tools they need to excel echo her dedication to ensuring every student in the state receives a high-quality education, reinforcing her belief that strong students contribute to a strong Alabama.

Ivey also released a video message that was sent to institutions in the state. You can read a transcript of that message below:

 “Students, this is Governor Kay Ivey, and I’m thrilled to welcome each of you back to the classroom for what I know will be another successful year of learning.

 As governor, my number one goal is ensuring that each of you receives a high-quality education that empowers you to reach your greatest potential and achieve big dreams.

 This past week, I had the privilege of visiting a few schools in different parts of the state from my home in Wilcox County to down in Dothan to here in Montgomery.

 I left feeling encouraged by your level of excitement and passion. Throughout the summer, I also received hundreds and hundreds of letters from you and your fellow students telling me about the books you were reading.

 Folks, I am truly optimistic in the future of our students and in the future of Alabama.

 As a former teacher, I also know full and well the sacrifices our educators make daily to help all of you succeed. I am truly grateful.

 Teachers and parents, together, we will give our children the very best.

 And remember: Strong students result in a strong Alabama.

 Now, let’s have a great school year!”

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