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HUD No. 20-138
HUD Public Affairs
(202) 708-0685
For Release
September 1, 2020

Video is part of the "Summer Reading with Secretary Carson" series

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and Marissa Regni of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) today released a new video as part of the virtual series, Summer Reading with Secretary Carson. Marissa Regni is Principal Second Violin of the National Symphony Orchestra. The two read "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!" by Lloyd Moss at the Kennedy Center.

Throughout the summer, Secretary Carson is publishing story time videos for children and parents to view on his Instagram channel. In addition to reading, the series will also highlight several of HUD's initiatives that focus on educational advancement, such as the EnVision Center initiative and Book Rich Environments. Click on the image below to view the video or click here.

Secretary Carson Holds Virtual Reading Session with Musician from the National Symphony Orchestra

"Reading is a fundamental part of learning; it certainly had an important impact on my life," said Secretary Ben Carson. "Through this summer reading series, we're helping kids to cultivate a love for reading, which is a skill that will serve them greatly for the rest of their lives."

"Music education is an important part of nurturing the minds of young people," said Marissa Regni, who plays Principal 2nd Violin as part of the National Symphony Orchestra. "I'm excited to share "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin", which one of my NSO colleagues gave to me before the birth of my daughter. That was 17 years ago—it's always fun to revisit a good book!"

HUD's Book Rich Environments (BRE) Initiative is a collaboration aimed to transform Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) into book rich environments by providing diverse, high quality books and other literacy tools to children and families living in HUD-assisted housing to improve literacy outcomes and ensure all young people, regardless of background, have the tools they need to reach their full potential.

The effort is made possible by a partnership among the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Education (DoE), PHAs, public libraries and other local and national education partners. Last year, HUD celebrated the distribution of 1,000,000 books to children living in HUD-assisted households or participating in HUD programs.

Secretary Carson launched the EnVision Centers Initiative to form centralized resource hubs in communities across the country that provide people with the educational tools and support needed to excel. The Centers focus on four pillars of growth and success: economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, as well as character and leadership.


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