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Visit by Ga. first lady a 'big honor'
Gov. Perdue's wife reads to Gwinnett second-graders

LAWRENCEVILLE - Will Ferebee has a new favorite book - the one Mary Perdue read Wednesday to his second-grade class at Freeman's Mill Elementary School.

After receiving letters from Jane Schwefler's students inviting her to visit the class and share her favorite book, Georgia's first lady stopped by Wednesday morning and read "Miss Twiggley's Tree," a story Perdue read many times to her four children.

"It was really nice that she was able to come and read to us," said Will, 7. "This was just a very big honor to me, and I really enjoyed it. I hope I could see her again some day."

Schwefler, the teacher, said writing the letters showed students that they have a voice as writers.

"The power of your words in a letter brought this to Freeman's Mill," she told the class after Perdue left.

In her letter, Harley Courtney promised her mom would bring fresh-baked cookies and lemonade to the class if Perdue visited.

"I thought it would be a good way to persuade her into coming because people like to eat good things," said Harley, 8. "It makes you feel good to know that people want to cook things for you."

Perdue also left a copy of the book for the school's media center.

"This was a good way to bring the community into the classroom and share the importance of reading," Schwefler said.