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September 17th, 2009 (05:56 pm)
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My son's elementary school hosted some high-powered visitors a few weeks ago. Due to a communications snafu, parents were not informed of this until weeks later! My son had come home that day with a free book that he said he received at school, but all he remembered was that some grownups he didn't know were there to read to the kids. Here's the after-the-fact announcement about it from an Alexandria City Public Schools e-mail:

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson participated in a special bilingual reading event at Mount Vernon on Aug. 28. Marking the culmination of “Read to the Top!!,” the Department of Education’s summer literacy initiative, the government officials read three stories to assembled students and staff:

  • My Very Own Room – Mi Propio Cuartito, by Amada Irma Perez
  • Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert
  • Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth