Thursday, May 30, 2013

Let’s Read. Let’s Move. 2013: Help Get Kids Reading and Moving this Summer

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Dear Volunteer:

Early this year, you were among thousands of American who pledged to give back to their community.

Summer is here and you are probably gearing up for at least a little time spent relaxing and vacationing with family and friends. At the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), we look forward to summer too because it means the launch of our annual United We Serve: Let's Read. Let's Move. initiative and we'd like you to join us.  

Let's Read. Let's Move. focuses on some of the most important issues that face our nation's children today including summer learning loss that contributes to low academic achievement, childhood obesity and summer hunger.

We can make a difference when it comes to maintaining or improving students' academic achievement.  Children who are not engaged in learning between school years suffer from "summer learning loss."  Reading just five books during the summer can make all the difference for many children and we can help make sure these students are encouraged to read.

Childhood obesity is another issue that faces many of our youth.  Having access to welcoming play spaces or other activities that get them up and moving is both a fun way to spend the summer and a way to increase health.  The CNCS Let's Read. Let's Move. initiative is proud to support First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! call to get children moving and exercising all year.

Finally, many children who have access to free or reduced-price meals during the school year do not have that resource when the school year ends.  Getting students and parents information on summer food programs that can provide them a nutritious meal to thrive is key to ending summer hunger.

We invite you to join us in addressing these issues; please visit our website to find an opportunity near you. 


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Wendy Spencer
Chief Executive Officer

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