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United States Education Secretary Arne Duncan Visits Horton’s Kids In DC

On Wednesday, December 7, US Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, met with the children, staff and volunteers of Horton’s Kids as part of the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  Horton’s Kids was the recipient of the 2011 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.

Photo Credit: Horton's Kids

The Education Secretary’s visit was during a weekly educational tutoring session that took place in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education.  Duncan was interested in getting a first-hand look at how this non-profit organization is using CFC funds to educate and empower children and families in the DC Metro area.

Horton’s Kids, which provides education and enrichment services to children living in Washington, DC’s Ward 8, is honored to be one of over 4000 charitable organizations that benefit from CFC. Duncan is serving as the honorary chair of the 2011 CFC campaign for the National Capital Area.

CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support nonprofit organizations, such as Horton’s Kids, that provide health and human service benefits. Duncan hopes to shine a light on the transformative power of giving this holiday season and encourage more federal employees to contribute to CFC.

For more information on Horton’s Kids, please visit: www.hortonskids.org.

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