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First Lady, Federal Agencies to Announce Administration-wide Summer Initiative to Target Youth


Contact:  
Stephanie Babyak, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
Jane Glickman, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: June 08, 2010 10:00 am

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, to launch the United We Serve: Let’s Read. Let’s Move. summer initiative on a conference call on Tuesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. ET. Dial In: 888-946-3811; Passcode: VOLUNTEER.

Let’s Read. Let’s Move. is an Administration-wide effort to get more Americans volunteering to help combat childhood obesity and summer learning loss by engaging youth in summer reading and physical activity as well as providing access to healthy, affordable foods. Research shows that a staggering percentage of youth suffer learning loss over the summer and gain unhealthy eating habits. The initiative also harnesses the support of national and community organizations and corporate partners to reach a broad, diverse group of youth in big cities and rural communities. The federal agency partners include the Departments of Education, Interior, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

First Lady Michelle Obama will officially announce Let’s Read. Let’s Move. at a service event with Members of Congress and their spouses at the Kennedy Recreation Center on Tuesday. The First Lady and Congressional leaders will pack Healthy Lifestyle Kits that include jump ropes and other activity equipment, healthy snacks, and books to support the initiative.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.


Event 1
Who : Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education
CEO Patrick Corvington, Corporation for National and Community Service
Chair Shellie Pfohl, President's Council on Physical Fitness
What : Launch of United We Serve: Let’s Read. Let’s Move
When : 10 a.m., ET, Tuesday, June 8
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