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Georgia's First Lady Visits Vidalia
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

August 12--  Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal spent Monday night and most of Tuesday in Vidalia.

After a visit to the Paul Anderson Youth Home Monday night, Mrs. Deal said she was surprised to hear that many of the residents got into substance abuse in the early grades.

"Most of them started using drugs or alcohol when they were in middle school, in the sixth grade or seventh grade. They said it was something that everybody around them was doing instead of them slipping off to do it in rebellion.

"They indicated what they really missed was having spent time with their parents and talking.  They expressed regret they will never get to do things that normal teenagers get to do because of choices they had made," she said.

The First Lady believes more kids would have fewer problems if they had family with which to spend time.

"What they really want is time and conversation and a special warmness from family.  They also need restrictions and guidelines," she said.

ImageTuesday Mrs. Deal spoke to meetings of the Vidalia Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis Clubs, visited Meadows Regional Medical Center and read to children at J.D. Dickerson Primary School.

Mrs. Deal (left) joined Vidalia Rotarian Dr. Lloyd Darby as he adopted Sally Meadows Elementary School music teacher Kaysi Beverly as part of the Rotary Club's "Adopt-A-Teacher" program.  Mrs. Deal is a former sixth grade teacher.


Mrs. Deal with John Koon, President-Elect of the Vidalia Kiwanis Club, State Representative Greg Morris and Kiwanis President Bill Torrance.

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