U.S. Education Secretary Encourages Students to “Let’s Move!” And Stay Fit During Stop in Richmond, Va, as Part of 2012 Cross-Country Back-to-School Bus Tour Promoting Education

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U.S. Education Secretary Encourages Students to “Let’s Move!” And Stay Fit During Stop in Richmond, Va, as Part of 2012 Cross-Country Back-to-School Bus Tour Promoting Education

“Education Drives America” to Spotlight Importance of Physical Fitness, Hear from Teacher Fellows, Highlight Education Issues Impacting Hispanic Americans, and the Need to Increase Interest in STEM Fields

As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual back-to-school bus tour, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Henderson Middle School in Richmond, Va., on Friday, Sept. 21, to highlight First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign that focuses on confronting and ending childhood obesity. During the event, Duncan will give remarks and promote the new Presidential Youth Fitness Program that encourages and empowers students to adopt and maintain active lifestyles. Duncan also will participate in a series of field games and tour a school health clinic that provides screenings for middle school students. Yvonne Brandon, superintendent of Richmond public schools; Jeanine Turner, principal of Henderson Middle School; other educators and Congressional representatives will join Duncan. A media availability will follow the event.

“America’s future is directly linked to the quality of education that we provide our children, young people and adults,” said Duncan, who began the tour on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Redwood City, Calif. “The bus tour is an opportunity to highlight what’s working and create momentum for education reforms that improve the lives of all students.”

The bus tour will conclude on Friday evening, Sept. 21, with a back-to-school speech by Duncan and a rally that includes performances by musical artists on the Department’s plaza in Washington, D.C. The goal of the bus tour is to reinforce the message that Education Drives America. Besides Richmond, some of the other stops included Sacramento, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Denver; Topeka, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Charleston, W.Va.; and Roanoke, Va.

For live, up-to-the-minute updates from the road, follow the Education Drives America tour on Twitter using the hashtag #edtour12, or visit the Department’s bus tour blog. To receive media advisories, press releases, notifications about postings to the blog, and other special updates during the tour, subscribe to the Department’s new Education Drives America e-mail updates by clicking here.

In addition to Duncan’s school visit, senior Department of Education officials also will stop in Richmond on Sept. 21 for events listed below.

Who : U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Yvonne Brandon, superintendent, Richmond public schools
Jeanine Turner, principal, Henderson Middle School
What : “Let’s Move!” event
When : 3:15 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 Media availability 4:40 to 4:50 p.m.
Where : Henderson Middle School
4319 Old Brook Rd.
Richmond, Va.

Who : Lisa Clarke, a 2012 U.S. Department of Education Washington Fellow from Kent, Wash., who teaches high school social studies
Lisa Coates, a 2010 U.S. Department of Education Classroom Fellow and mid-level special education teacher in Hanover County, Va.
What : U.S. Department of Education Fellows to host a roundtable with teacher residents who participate in Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Center for Teacher Leadership and Richmond Teacher Residency. VCU was awarded a nearly $5.8 million five-year Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program from the Department. The goal of the project is to increase student achievement in the city’s high-need secondary schools. Over five years, the project will prepare and support 80 new secondary teachers.
When : 12:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
Where : Center for Teacher Leadership and Richmond Teacher Residency
Virginia Commonwealth University
3600 West Broad St., Suite 300
Richmond, Va.

Who : Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Gabriel Sandoval, senior advisor and director of policy for the Initiative
What : A roundtable with leaders from the Hispanic and education communities to explore college access and college completion for the emerging and growing Hispanic population in Virginia and to promote efforts to meet the President’s national goal of once again leading the world in college completion by 2020.
When : 1 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
Where : J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Parham Road Campus
Workforce Development Conference Center, Room 100B
1651 East Parham Rd.
Richmond, Va.

Who : Debra Saunders-White, deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs
What : Town hall at Virginia Commonwealth University with university students, faculty and administrators on increasing career interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Health (STEM-H). The Department’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of Need (GAANN) grant program will be discussed. (The VCU School of Engineering and VCU School of Education received a nearly $800,000 GAANN training grant that provides financial assistance to graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in a field designated as an area of national need.)
When : 1:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
Where : Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Engineering, West Hall, Room 106
601 West Main St.
Richmond, Va.