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Washington Redskin and Education Activist Chris Draft 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.

Contact:  
Sandra Abrevaya or Elaine Quesinberry, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: July 13, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be joined by Washington Redskin Chris Draft and 100 local students from Wheaton Woods Elementary School and Columbia Heights Youth Club, for the Department of Education’s Let’s Read. Let’s Move. summer enrichment series on Tuesday, July 13 from noon– 1:30 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Education’s Lyndon Baines Johnson headquarters outdoor plaza in Washington, D.C. Representatives from the D.C. Public Library system will also be available to help kids sign up for library cards. 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.

Chris Draft is the founder and CEO of the Chris Draft Family Foundation, which focuses on the importance of education, healthy lifestyles, character development, personal responsibility, self-discipline and physical fitness. The Foundation seeks partnerships with local and national community health organizations, school districts and non-profits across the country, striving to empower and uplift communities by educating and equipping families to make healthier choices.

“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.

For more information on the Chris Draft Family Foundation, please visit http://www.chrisdraftfamilyfoundation.org/about?id=0001


Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Washington Redskin Chris Draft, CEO Chris Draft Family Foundation
What : Secretary Duncan and Draft hold a reading session and participate in games and fitness activities with local students.
When : Tuesday, July 13 from noon– 1:30 p.m. ET
Note: Duncan and Draft 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.
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