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Washington Redskin Chris Draft and Teammates Join Secretary Duncan for “Let’s Read. Let’s Move.”

by Todd May

Ed Note: This blog is cross-posted from the ED.gov blog.

Washington Redskin and education activist Chris Draft and 100 local students from Wheaton Woods Elementary School and Columbia Heights Youth Club joined Secretary Arne Duncan at the Department of Education (ED) for the third installment of ED’s “Let’s Read. Let’s Move.” summer enrichment series.

Washington Redskin Chris Draft and teammates join Education Secretary Arne Duncan for the Let's Read. Let's Move. summer enrichment series.

Draft read his book, “Do You Want to Play Catch?” and joined Duncan and teammates H.B. Blades and Rocky McIntosh for a discussion on the importance of staying fit and healthy, reading and learning over the summer, and the future prospects of the Washington Redskins. After the discussion, students signed up for D.C. library cards, selected free books and healthy snacks, took part in writing and enrichment activities, and participated in a range of fun fitness games, including jump rope, hula hoop, basketball, hopscotch, and musical chairs

“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, ED is inviting 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 goal of this year’s summer programming, 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.

The books, refreshments, games, and fitness equipment for “Let’s Read. Let’s Move.” have been donated by Target Corporation, which is one of the organizations answering President Obama’s call to service.

The next session, featuring Mrs. Marian Robinson, mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, will be held on the Department’s outdoor plaza at noon on Thursday, July 22nd.

Todd May works in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the Department of Education.

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