Secretary of Education Arne Duncan celebrated his love of literacy at the 15th annual Everybody Wins! DC Gala held at the Capital Hilton last night. He was all about the power lunch -- and a little bit of playtime, too.
The keynote speaker and reading mentor credited Sen. Tom Harkin, also in attendance, for introducing him to the reading mentorship program. Both spend a lunch-hour each week reading with student partners at local elementary schools.
"Sen. Harkin chaired my confirmation hearing," he said. "But while talking about the details of that, he kept saying, 'We'll worry about that later. Do you know about this great program, Everybody Wins?'"
A fifth grader from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School introduced the Secretary before reading a short story with him on stage.
"I hear we have something in common," she said to the Secretary. "We both like to read and we both like sports. ... Next time you play a pick up game with the President, please tell him I play a mean game!"