(AP) Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan is reading to children and cheering them on to kick off the Education Department's "Let's Read! Let's Move!" summer program.
About 175 preschool and elementary age children joined her Wednesday as she encouraged them to eat healthy food and engage in physical activity and summer reading. The children helped make healthy snacks before competing in a variety of relays.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other officials hosted the event. They read "Picky Peggy" and "Can I Play Too?" to the kids who were from summer programs across the area.
Kwan hopes the event teaches children that having an active and healthy lifestyle includes both eating healthy and reading daily.
The "Let's Read! Let's Move!" series partners with the YMCA, the Target Corporation and Giant Foods.