A Department of Education representative just gave me permission to repost their press release on the "READ TO THE TOP!" initiative happening today at noon.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be joined by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett for the Department of Education’s summer reading initiative, "Read to the Top!" at noon Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Department’s headquarters, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. The Department has partnered with community organizations nationwide to combat summer reading loss in response to President Obama’s national volunteer campaign, "United We Serve," which challenges all Americans to engage in sustained, meaningful service to meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn.
During Tuesday’s event, the Secretary will read "Six-Dinner Sid;" Salazar will read "Our Earth;"and Jarrett will read "America is…" Approximately 120 students in grades K-5 from Annandale Terrace, Parklawn and Glen Forest Elementary schools—all representing Fairfax County, Va., public schools—will be in attendance.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Valerie Jarrett, White House Senior Advisor
"Read to the Top!"summer reading event
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Noon, Tuesday, Aug. 18