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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will Join the First Lady, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, Celebrities and the Cat In The Hat to Read Across America

Elaine Quesinberry, ED Press Office, (202) 401-1576,
Celeste Busser , NEA Public Relations, (202) 262-0589,

Event Date 1: March 02, 2011 11:00 am - 01:00 pm

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join First Lady Michelle Obama, National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel and celebrities to read to hundreds of elementary school students at the NEA’s 14th annual Read Across America Day on Wednesday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at the Library of Congress. Read Across America is an annual reading awareness program where volunteers and sponsors in cities across the country host reading activities and issue reading challenges to children. Research has shown that children who spend more time reading do better in school. The purpose of the program is to encourage and help create lifelong successful readers.

Read Across America Day is an annual event to promote reading to children in every community. The event is held on or around March 2 to honor the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Read Across America Day sponsors include the National Education Association, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., and more than 50 national partner organizations.

PLEASE NOTE – Media must RSVP by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1st to receive credentials. Also, there will be limited press availability for the celebrities between 10-10:30 a.m.
Press Entrance: Main Public Entrance off 1st Street

Throw: 35ft
Preset: 7:30-8:15am
Sweeps: 8:15-9:30am
Doors Open: 9:30am
Final Call: 10:15am
Sat. Truck Parking: East Capitol St.
Cable Run: 1,000ft

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Event 1
Who : First Lady Michelle Obama
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
What : NEA’s Read Across America Day
When : Wednesday, March 2 at 11 a.m. ET
Where : Library of Congress (Thomas Jefferson Building)
The Great Hall, 10 First Street, S.E.
Washington D.C.