Let's Read Let's Move - Garfield Elementary May 2013 - # - Corporation for National and Community Service
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The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today kicked off its national Let’s Read. Let’s Move. summer initiative today, joining the Junior League of Washington (JLW) to give away the first of more than 15,000 books to DC Public School (DCPS) students.
Let’s Read. Let’s Move. is an initiative designed to get Americans engaged with some of the most important issues facing our nation’s youth, including access to the tools that will help them learn, succeed, and lead healthy lifestyles,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “This wonderful gift from the Junior League of Washington demonstrates the impact that a committed group of volunteers, working hand-in-hand with community officials, can have within their own cities and neighborhoods.”
Spencer, joined by JLW President Wendy Cumberland, National Football League player Visanthe Shiancoe, Joe Briggs of the NFL Players Association, Junior League volunteers and AmeriCorps members from DC SCORES and City Year, participated in a fun-filled afternoon with the second grade classes at Garfield Elementary. The students learned about healthy play and exercise with volunteers, read together in groups and choose four books to take home and read during the summer.
Second graders at Garfield Elementary School in Washington, DC, hold up letters to form a Let's Read, Let's Move sign to celebrate a book giveaway at the school on May 29, 2013. (Corporation for National and Community Service Photo)