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"Be a teacher. Tutor a student. Volunteer at a school. Transform the life chances of children."

Posted Nov 10 2010 4:00am

...We live in a time when so many Americans are hurting, when competition for jobs and economic security is increasing, and when the pressure simply to survive is growing. There's a tangible sense of fear and anxiety amongnot just the poorbut among working Americans and the middle class. People are asking whether the American dream is still within reach. I believe that it isbut we are going to have to work a lot harder to achieve itand that work begins in the home and the classroom and it continues every day in our communities. And that's why service is so important. Because societywhether it is government or business or the familycannot meet every need today.

Despite the myriad of challenges we face, I am also deeply optimistic. In the past two years, I've travelled throughout the country and been inspired by what I've seen. I've been to more than 40 statesfour this week aloneand I've seen first-hand that America is dedicated to service. From the Peace Corps to Americorps to countless wonderful student-led projects here at the Phillips Brooks House Association and hundreds of other campus-based service organizations across America, literally millions of young men and women are working in communitiesgiving their time, energy, expertise and loveto help others.

Read " Call to Service ", a Lecture by Secretary of Education at Harvard University.

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