U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke joined Secretary Arne Duncan for an afternoon of reading and learning this week as part of the Department of Education’s summer literacy series, “Read to the Top!”
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Donovan read “The Curious Garden” by Peter Brown and Locke read “Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boeltz to a group of children from the Georgetown Hill HHS/ED Children’s Center, the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School, and Amidon-Bowen Elementary School.
As part of the event, the National Center for Summer Learning presented Secretary Duncan with a 2009 Champion of Summer Learning award for supporting summer learning and encouraging school districts and states to use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars to educate children over the summer.
Tuesday’s session marked the final event held at the Department of Education. Since late June, weekly “Read to the Top!” events have enabled children from across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to enjoy books in a unique outdoor setting on the department’s plaza.
Later this week, “Read to the Top!” will go on the road, heading to Mount Vernon Community School in Alexandria, Va., which will culminate the summer series. There, Secretary Duncan will read to elementary-school-aged children, along with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Lisa Jackson.