|By PR Newswire||
|April 8, 2014 09:42 PM EDT||
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Save the Children recognized U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) today with a Congressional Champion for Children award for his leadership on issues affecting children. The senator 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.
"Save The Children staff, volunteers and supporters do outstanding work to serve children in the United States and around the world," said Sen. Kaine. "I am honored to receive the Congressional Champion for Children award for my efforts to increase access to high quality pre-K programs that give kids a better chance to realize their talent and achieve future academic and economic success. I look forward to more opportunities to work together on initiatives that aim to secure a dignified and successful life for the next generation."
Presenting the award to Sen. Kaine was Save the Children's senior vice president Mark Shriver, accompanied by Latiya Loring, 32, Alisha Everhart, 29, and Alisha's daughter Aaminah, 23 months, of Washington, D.C. Aaminah has been enrolled in Save the Children's home-based early childhood development program since last May.
Save the Children presented the Congressional award to two other legislators, U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) and Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY), for putting children first. Among a number of high-profile guest speakers at the event were U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; actress, platinum-selling recording artist and youth advocate Bridgit Mendler, known for her star role on the Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie series; Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports; Cokie Roberts of ABC and NPR; and CNN's Kevin Madden and Stephanie Cutter.
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.-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, agr[email protected]
Save the Children
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