Back To School Event with FLOTUS


Lets Move Active Schools

Let's Move Active Schools

Why Active Schools?

Regular physical activity helps students succeed in school – and in life!

In addition to keeping kids healthy and strong, being active for 60 minutes each day has been shown to:

  • Increase concentration and focus
  • Improve classroom attendance and behavior
  • Boost academic performance

As the places where kids spend a majority of their time, schools are important places for kids to experience and enjoy being active.  That’s why, in collaboration with the groups below, the First Lady kicked off the Let’s Move! Active Schools program to help schools across the country make quality physical activity a part of every kid’s day.

Let’s Move! Active Schools is a comprehensive program that empowers school champions – P.E. teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents – to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential.

A Let’s Move! Active School provides opportunities in 5 key areas:

  1. Physical Education
  2. Physical Activity During School
  3. Physical Activity Before and After School
  4. Family & Community Involvement
  5. Staff Involvement

Let’s Move! Active Schools provides individual champions with a clear roadmap to meet their goals in the 5 key areas above. Learn more:


Let’s Move!

Friday, September 6th at 1:00 PM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama will be joined by Shaquille O’Neal, Allyson Felix, and Dominique Dawes for a Back to School Event
Orr Elementary in Washington, DC


Let’s Move!



Emergency Preparedness For Adults & Kids


Natl Preparedness Month

Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

The campaign’s messages have been distributed through: television, radio, print, outdoor and Web (PSAs) developed and produced by The Advertising Council; brochures; and Web sites; toll-free phone lines 1-800-BE-Ready and 1-888-SE-Listo; and partnerships with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations.

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Get a Kit Build a Kit
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit…… Make a Plan
Plan for Your Risks Research & Publications
Natural Disasters Be Informed
Hurricane App by American Red Cross Replace Your Vital Documents

“Preparedness is an essential element of a resilient and secure Nation. My Administration has made preparedness a top priority, and we are working every day to ensure our country stands ready to respond to any disaster or emergency — from wildfires and hurricanes, to terrorist attacks and pandemic disease. Our goal is to ensure a more resilient Nation — one in which individuals, communities, and our economy can adapt to changing conditions as well as withstand and rapidly recover from disruption due to emergencies.

During National Preparedness Month, we underscore the responsibility of individuals, families, and communities — including the private and nonprofit sectors — to do their part before an emergency. I urge all Americans to take time to prepare an emergency supply kit and a family emergency plan, and to educate themselves about potential disasters. I also ask Americans to work within their own communities to coordinate emergency preparedness efforts. All Americans share this responsibility, and we must all work together to safeguard the Nation from harm.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supports and promotes citizen education and grassroots preparedness efforts. FEMA’s Ready Campaign provides simple and practical steps that all Americans can take to protect themselves, their families, and their neighbors. Additionally, the Citizen Corps educates, trains, and coordinates volunteer activities that help make our communities safer and better prepared for emergencies. I encourage all Americans to learn more at and

9/4/09 President Barack Obama


Animal Disaster Preparedness:  AnimalsInDisasterFactSheet.pdf Animal information:
* Make A Plan 
* Build A Kit
* Know The Facts
* Get Involved

Learn more: FEMA for KIDS 

Rebuilding Middle-Class Education Security


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President Obama discusses the importance of keeping college costs down for middle class families on a two day bus tour through Syracuse, Binghamton and Buffalo, NY and Scranton, PA


Thursday, August 22
President Barack Obama delivers remarks
University at Buffalo, Buffalo,, NY

President Barack Obama delivers remarks
Henninger High School, Syracuse, NY


Friday, August 23
President Barack Obama holds a town hall
Binghamton University,  Binghamton, NY

President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks
Lackawanna College, Scranton, PA

Learn about the steps that President Obama is taking to rebuild the American Middle-Class

Student Aid Mobile App:


“Global Symbol” of the Right To Education


July 12, 2013 is Malala Day

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commemorated July 12 as Malala Day. The day is intended to represent the goal of education for all children.

In honour of the Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon extended his support to the young girl and her fight for education, describing her as the “global symbol” of every girl’s right to education.

For more:


At UN, Malala Yousafzai rallies youth to stand up for universal education

12 July 2013

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, today addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism.

“Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world,” Ms. Yousafzai said, in an impassioned address to the UN Youth Assembly.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has dubbed today – Ms. Yousafzai’s 16th birthday – ‘Malala Day’ in honour of her heroic stand to ensure education for all. The meeting, which featured nearly 1,000 youth leaders, was addressed by former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in his capacity as UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Vuk Jeremić, President of the General Assembly, and Ahmad Alhendawi, the Special Envoy on Youth.

Ms. Yousafzai told the gathering that the Taliban’s attack nine months ago changed nothing in her life, except that “weakness, fear and hopelessness died.”

“The extremists were, and they are, afraid of books and pens,” she said. “The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women.” Urging worldwide action against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, she said: “Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.”

This call to action was delivered just as the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) Education for All Global Monitoring Report, launched a new policy paper spotlighting that globally, the number of children out of school has fallen from 60 million in 2008 to 57 million in 2011. However, 28 million children out of school live in the world’s conflict zones, and more than half of those are women and girls.

For more:


Pres Obama @ U.S. Naval Academy Commencement 2013


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U.S. Naval Academy Commencement 2013
President Obama – Commencement Speaker
Friday, May 24 @ 10:00 AM ET
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium , Annapolis, MD


President Barack Obama to Speak at USNA Graduation


President of The United States Barack Obama will speak at the graduation exercises for the U.S.  Naval Academy’s Class of 2013 May 24.

Live Stream:



PBO @ Coast Guard Academy 132nd Commencement & Prayer for Oklahoma


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Coast Guard Academy 132nd Commencement Exercises
Vice President Joe Biden – Commencement Speaker
Wednesday, May 22 @ 11 AM ET
Cadet Memorial Field, New London, CT


Vice President Biden to speak at Coast Guard Academy’s 132nd commencement

March 28th, 2013 coastguardnews

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver the keynote address during the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s 132nd Commencement exercises May 22.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Cadet Memorial Field; attendance is by invitation only.

“Commencement is always a special time here, but it is particularly memorable when the Vice President of the United States is here to present the commissions to our new ensigns,” said Coast Guard Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz. “This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the academy and the city of New London,” Stosz added.

Live Stream:


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“our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today”

 5/21/13 President Barack Obama


May 21 – Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate directs the the federal response to the deadly storm in Oklahoma City and its suburbs.

May 22 – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano inspects the damage from the deadly tornado and and coordinate federal response to the deadly storm

May 26, 1:45 PM ET –  President Obama travels to the Oklahoma City area to meet with first responders families & effected by the deadly storm


MLK Academic Magnet School & Moorehouse College Graduation 2013


Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering 2013 Commencement Ceremony
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Saturday, May 18, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET
Historic Pearl High, Nashville, TN


MLK Academic Magnet School Press Release

April 11, 2013

Re: Commencement Speaker for 2013 will be First Lady Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address to the class of 2013 of Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering at Historic Pearl High in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 18, at 1:00 p.m. Graduation will be held at the Howard C. Gentry Center on the campus of Tennessee State University.

Serving a cross-section of academically talented students from diverse groups across Metro Nashville Davidson County, Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet School provides a highly challenging, college preparatory curriculum to its 1,173 students in grades 7 through 12. MLK is consistently ranked among the best public schools in the nation for its academic rigor and high graduation rate. The students and staff also pride themselves on their commitment to healthy living, foremost through the installation of a community-supported fitness center, and also through the installation of healthy vending machines and a community garden.

For more:


MLK Academic Magnet High School Commencement Ceremony

Live Stream



Moorehouse College Graduation 2013
President Obama – Commencement Speaker
Sunday, May 19 @ 11:00 AM ET
Morehouse College, Century Campus, Atlanta, GA


President Barack Obama to Deliver May Commencement Speech


President Barack Obama will be the speaker for Morehouse College’s 129th Commencement in May, Morehouse President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79 announced Saturday, Feb. 16.

A White House official told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Morehouse was chosen because it is one of the nation’s leading historically black colleges and universities and is among the best and brightest institutions of higher education in the country. The official also said that Morehouse is known for its high standard for excellence in learning and social consciousness and is home to a long list of notable alumni that spans the last three centuries.

Wilson surprised the nearly 2,000 guests at the College’s largest scholarship fundraiser, the 25th Annual “A Candle in the Dark” Gala.

“The president’s life story trumpets an ethic that we try to instill in all Morehouse Men, namely excellence without apology or compromise,” Wilson said Saturday. “It’s a good thing to have him here for that reason.”

The Gala crowd of students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College jumped out of their seats and screamed in excitement.

For more:,2313,en.html

Morehouse College Commencement – Live Webstream


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