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Actor Quinton Aaron, Rep. Jim Langevin, and President’s Special Assistant Kareem Dale Join Education Secretary Arne Duncan for Let’s Read. Let’s Move. Summer Enrichment Series

Initiative is part of Obama Administration’s effort to curb childhood obesity and summer reading loss.

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Event Date 1: July 30, 2010 12:00 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be joined by actor Quinton Aaron; Kareem Dale, special assistant to the President on disability policy and Rep Jim Langevin of Rhode Island for the Department of Education’s Let’s Read. Let’s Move. summer enrichment series on Friday, July 30 from noon– 1:30 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Education’s Lyndon Baines Johnson headquarters in Washington, D.C. Students from Stafford Junction Summer Camp and Stafford County Public Schools in Va., Meridan Public Charter School in D.C. and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Horizons Program in D.C. will listen to Dale, who is visually impaired, read a Braille book. Several of the students attending are also visually impaired.

Quinton Aaron, actor and mentor, will participate in fitness activities with the students and talk to them about facing challenges and achieving goals. Aaron is a member of the Quarterbacks of Life Student Mentoring Program, which uses real life stories to help students, beginning in the fourth grade, achieve success in school and in life. The mentors teach kids that success is attained most often by kids who have dreams, have high self-esteem, make caring and responsible decisions, accept and provide team support and possess a positive mental attitude and a “never give up” state of mind. Aaron’s role in the movie “The Blind Side,” is an example of this kind of attitude.

“We know that for far too many children, reading achievement stalls when schoolwork stops during the summer. In fact, most low-income children can lose more than two months of reading skills progress during the summer break,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “The key to stopping summer learning loss is reading. If a child reads a minimum of five books between June and August, they will be on track for success next school year. We need every child to read at least five books this summer and every adult to help. We are really excited to engage children in Let’s Read. Let’s Move. and look forward to working with the Corporation for National Service and the rest of the Administration on this important initiative.”

Let’s Read. Let’s Move. is part of the Obama Administration United We Serve summer service initiative, a nationwide effort calling on all Americans to make service a part of their daily lives. As part of its role in this initiative, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will invite Cabinet members, public officials and celebrities to read books to children, promote healthy lifestyles and participate in games and fitness activities with children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. The books, refreshments, games and equipment for fitness activities have been donated by Target, which is one of the organizations answering President Obama’s call to service.

Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island
Kareem Dale, special assistant to the President on disability
Quinton Aaron, member, Quarterbacks of Life Student Mentoring Program and actor in “The Blind Side”
What : Secretary Duncan, Rep. Langevin and Kareem Dale hold a reading session and Quinton Aaron will participate in games and fitness activities with local students.
When : Friday, July 30 from noon– 1:30 p.m. ET
Note: Duncan, Langevin, Dale and Aaron will participate from noon-12:30 p.m.
Where : U.S. Department of Education
Lyndon Baines Johnson Building
Barnard Auditorium
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.