Marian Robinson, the First Lady’s Mother, and Secretary Arne Duncan Read to Students

Marian Robinson, the mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, today joined Secretary Arne Duncan to read to kids at the Department’s headquarters as part of the summer reading initiative “Read to the Top!” to fight summer reading loss.


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The crowd of more than 200 included students from Montgomery County Public Schools; grandparents who work at the Department of Education and their grandchildren; members of GrandFamilies of America, a group that supports grandparents raising foster children; and members of the United Planning Organization (UPO) Foster Grandparent Program, a DC-based service agency of senior citizens who volunteer in places such as schools, childcare centers and hospitals. After Mrs. Robinson read The Napping House and Secretary Duncan read The Rainbow Fish, Mrs. Robinson took questions from the kids, which included: “How does it feel to live in the White House?” “Do you play games with Sasha and Malia?” “How did the President meet Mrs. Obama?” “How does it feel to have a daughter married to the President?” and “Do you have a deep connection to the President?”

News stories on the event include ones from the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Marian Robinson, the mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, today joined Secretary Arne Duncan to read to kids at the Department's headquarters as part of the summer reading initiative "Read to the Top!" to fight summer reading loss.  Photo 1 Marian Robinson, the mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, today joined Secretary Arne Duncan to read to kids at the Department's headquarters as part of the summer reading initiative "Read to the Top!" to fight summer reading loss.  Photo 2 Marian Robinson, the mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, today joined Secretary Arne Duncan to read to kids at the Department's headquarters as part of the summer reading initiative "Read to the Top!" to fight summer reading loss.  Photo 3
Marian Robinson, the mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, today joined Secretary Arne Duncan to read to kids at the Department's headquarters as part of the summer reading initiative "Read to the Top!" to fight summer reading loss.  Photo 4 Marian Robinson, the mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, today joined Secretary Arne Duncan to read to kids at the Department's headquarters as part of the summer reading initiative "Read to the Top!" to fight summer reading loss.  Photo 5 Marian Robinson, the mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, today joined Secretary Arne Duncan to read to kids at the Department's headquarters as part of the summer reading initiative "Read to the Top!" to fight summer reading loss.  Photo 6

ED Staff