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Marian Robinson, the First Lady's Mother, to 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.

Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1: July 22, 2010 12:00 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be joined by Marian Robinson, mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, and local students from the Columbia Heights Youth Club’s Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program, the Alexandria Happy Home Child Learning Center and the D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School for the Department of Education’s Let’s Read. Let’s Move. summer enrichment series on Thursday, July 22 from noon– 1:30 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Education’s Lyndon Baines Johnson headquarters outdoor plaza in Washington, D.C. The goal of this new program, led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, is to get more Americans volunteering to combat childhood obesity and summer learning loss among youth.

“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.

Note: Duncan and Robinson will participate from noon-12:30 p.m.

Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Marian Robinson, mother of First Lady Michelle Obama
What : Secretary Duncan and Mrs. Robinson hold a reading session and participate in games and fitness activities with local students.
When : Thursday, July 22 from noon– 1:30 p.m. ET
Where : U.S. Department of Education
Lyndon Baines Johnson headquarters plaza
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.