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U.S. Department of Education to Kick off Let’s Read! Let’s Move! Summer Series with Celebrity Guests


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Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: July 06, 2011 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan will take part in this year’s first of four Let’s Read! Let’s Move! summer enrichment events sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, July 6 from 12 – 1:00 p.m. on the outdoor plaza of the Department’s Lyndon Baines Johnson headquarters building in Washington, D.C. The Department’s Let’s Read! Let’s Move! series will increase awareness of the critical importance of summer learning and encourage all adults to read to children.

Students from Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling Youth Center, Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Inc., Children’s Choice Learning Center, and the Parents Coalition of Montgomery County will attend Wednesday’s event. Duncan, Holder and Abdul-Jabbar will read to the children. Scanlan will then lead students in games and activities, as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to emphasize the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle. Starting with Wednesday’s kick-off, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington PHD (Physical, Healthy, Driven) program will contribute staff and resources to conduct games, Target Corporation will provide books and healthy snacks and Nickelodeon will provide cookbooks and pedometers to support this summer’s series of events.

As part of the Let’s Read! Let’s Move! series, the Department will invite Cabinet members, administration officials and other public figures to join in reading children’s books, promoting healthy lifestyles and participating in games and fitness activities with children in pre-kindergarten through third grade, from various local schools and summer programs. Additional Let’s Read! Let’s Move! events are scheduled for July 12, 20, and 26.


Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan
Students from Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling Youth Center, Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Inc., Children’s Choice Learning Center and the Parents Coalition of Montgomery County
What : Let's Read! Let's Move! summer kick-off event
When : 12 – 1:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Where : U.S. Department of Education
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building plaza
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.
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