Melody Barnes and Rahm Emanuel Tell Stories at “Read to the Top!”

On August 10, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the Department of Education’s summer reading initiative, "Read to the Top!" During the event, Barnes read "10 Things I Can Do to Help My World" to encourage students to take practical steps to save our planet. Rahm Emanuel read "Duck for President," a story about a duck who overcomes the odds to take the highest office in the country. After the event, the students snacked on popsicles and read their own books in the shade – a welcomed break from the summer heat.

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The event was part of a weekly reading series aimed at combating summer reading loss. Previous White House participants include: Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu, First Grandmother Marian Robinson and White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod.
Eddie Lee is Director of New Media at the Department of Education

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