Yesterday Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and his wife, Patricia Shinseki, joined Secretary Arne Duncan to read to more than 100 children in grades pre-K through 4 from Bolling Air Force Base, the Fort Myer Youth Services program, and the Anacostia children’s development center. Secretary Shinseki read “Night Catch”; Mrs. Shinseki read “I Feel a Foot!” This event was part of “Read to the Top!”—the Department’s summer reading initiative—which is partnering with community organizations nationwide to combat summer reading loss as part of President Obama’s “United We Serve” national volunteer campaign.
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The weekly reading campaign will continue through the summer and feature various children’s books read by the Secretary, other Cabinet members and top Administration officials. During Education Week, July 27 through August 2, “United We Serve” will focus on the countless Americans who strengthen communities by rolling up their sleeves to read with a child, volunteer at a library, or organize a book drive, among other education-related service activities.
Service is an effective way to address many of the tough challenges facing 37 million Americans living in poverty. While “United We Serve” runs through the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11, its goal is to become a sustained, collaborative effort to promote service as a way of life for all Americans. The initiative, led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, aims to expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and to encourage volunteers to develop their own projects with friends, family and neighbors. To become involved, visit www.Serve.gov.