Let’s Read! Let’s Move! at the National Arboretum
On Friday, August 5th, the U.S. National Arboretum hosted Let’s Read! Let’s Move! (LRLM) to help celebrate the Washington Youth Garden’s 45th Anniversary. LRLM is a partnership between the Department of Education and the initiative inspired by First Lady Michelle OBama that encourages children to lead healthy, active lifestyles. Over 100 students came to the National Arboretum to read The Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin with celebrity guest readers including the Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr., Director of the National Arboretum, Dr. Richard Olsen, Let’s Move!Executive Director, Debra Eschmeyer, White House horticulturalist, Jim Adam, host of ABC’s The Chew, Chef Carla Hall, and Brian Mihelic of Washington D.C. Youth Rugby. To celebrate the start of the Olympics, LRLM invited youth performing arts troupe The MusicianShip to greet our guests with Olympic fanfare. After the reading, students broke off to participate in Let’s Move! activities in the National Arboretum’s Grass Roots exhibit and Washington Youth Garden. Teams competed in themed games including the “Tomato Toss” and ‘Squash the Scrum” in honor of rugby returning to the Olympics. Even Chef Carla Hall and Debra Eschmeyer got in the spirit, competing on smoothie bikes to make healthy treats! After the student Olympians finished their events, they received a backpack and free book provided by Target and a refreshing smoothie. We thank Juliette Rizzo and the Department of Education for making this event the best possible!