|By PR Newswire||
|April 8, 2014 09:23 PM EDT||
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Save the Children recognized U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) today with a Congressional Champion for Children award for his leadership on issues affecting children. The congressman accepted the award at Save the Children's Advocacy Summit, in front of an audience of students who travelled across the country to Washington, D.C. to learn how to become an effective voice for children.
"High-quality early learning guarantees a reduction in spending on entitlements, welfare and incarceration," Rep. Hanna said. "It also lowers obesity rates, helping to reduce healthcare costs. By focusing on early education, we can begin to break the back of intergenerational poverty, producing more taxpayers and a more competitive America through a better-educated, growing middle class. We cannot guarantee every child equal success in life, but we can promise them the opportunity to be successful. I hope this effort is the beginning of a sustained bipartisan conversation on how expanding access to early education will make our economy more competitive, and ensure each child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. One in four children starts their life in poverty. Let's ensure their lives do not end in poverty."
Presenting the award to Rep. Hanna was Save the Children's senior vice president Mark Shriver.
Designed to encourage youth across America to become advocates for children around the globe, Save the Children's Advocacy Summit is broadcast live online from 3 p.m.to 5 p.m. EST on April 8, and from 9 a.m.to 10 a.m. EST on April 9. To view the live stream, visit: www.savethechildren.org/virtual-summit.
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Ajla Grozdanic, 202.251.5859, [email protected]
Save the Children
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