What if the law said you could have ice cream every day before school starts? Would you vote for that law?
That’s the question Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.) posed to the young students gathered last week for ED’s second installment of its Let’s Read! Let’s Move! series. Miller joined Secretary Duncan and musician Eleanor Friedberger at ED headquarters in encouraging young children to become active readers and active in physical health.
During the Let’s Read! portion of the event, Congressman Miller read Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson, and Eleanor Friedberger read the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Eleanor inspired the students to pursue their dreams just as she has done.
Taking questions from the children, Miller encouraged the children to keep reading, “When you know how to read,” he explained, “you can do anything you want to do in life. Secretary Duncan asked the children to “keep reading all summer, go to the library, and go to the bookstore.”
For the remainder of the event, the children participated in Let’s Move! obstacle courses and other physical activities to get their body in motion. For more information on the Let’s Read! Let’s Move! series and its sponsors, read our blog about this summer’s first Let’s Read! Let’s Move! event.
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The final Let’s Read! Let’s Move! events are scheduled for July 20 and 26.
Noah Bokat-Lindell and Eugene Smith are interns at the Department of Education