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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood 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.

Jane Glickman, (202) 401-1307,

Event Date 1: July 07, 2010 12:00 pm - July 07, 2010 01:30 pm

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be joined by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and local D.C students for the Department of Education's "Let's Read. Let's Move." summer enrichment series on Wednesday, July 7, 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.

"For far too many children, reading achievement stalls when schoolwork stops over 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. Children who read a minimum of five books between June and August are on track for success next school year. We encourage all youngsters to take on this challenge and read at least five books over the summer months to keep their skills sharp. Parents and other adults can do a lot to keep the momentum up. We are excited to engage children in this important initiative and look forward to working with the Corporation for National Service and the rest of the Administration on Let's Read. Let's Move."

Let's Read. Let's Move. is part of the Obama Administration's 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 will invite Cabinet members and public officials 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 will be 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
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
What : Secretaries Duncan and LaHood hold a reading session and participate in games and fitness activities with local D.C. students.
When : Wednesday, July 7 from noon-1:30 p.m. ET
Note: Duncan and LaHood will participate from noon-12:30 p.m.
Where : U.S. Department of Education
Lyndon Baines Johnson headquarters plaza
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C.