In partnership with the Mayor’s office, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, First Book, Jumpstart for Young Children, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will host a Let’s Read, Let’s Move event on June 1, 2013 to kick off the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club.
This event is also part of the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama’s summer initiative to create opportunities for Americans to use service as a tool to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and to prevent losing academic ground during the summer.
Let’s Read. Let’s Move. will offer several opportunities for guests to participate in kid-friendly movement activities as well as exciting book readings. Guest appearances will include Mayor Kasim Reed as he reads the brand new book Amari’s Adventure. Miss Gail and her Crazy Cartoon Band will perform a dancing, singing, moving, and jumpin’ show for the children. Local Chef Damaul Mitchell will demonstrate healthy cooking ideas for children and their caregivers. The festivities will continue with a reading of The Monster Who Ate My Peas by Imaginator Jerry G. White, a reading of Don’t Go Out in Your Underwear by children’s author and storyteller Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz, and a fun, interactive lesson in gardening and healthy foods from Truly Living Well. Children attending the event will receive a free, age appropriate book (while supplies last).
This unique event is a remarkable example of strong collaboration among partners at the federal, national, state, and local levels to leverage resources that promote and celebrate literacy and movement for all children. This significant event increases public awareness of the importance of reading and exercising while showing kids that reading and healthful living is fun.