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White House Names ACM’s Laura Huerta Migus a “Champion Of Change” for Summer Opportunity

—Honor Marks Partnership between Association of Children’s Museums and White House to Advance Summer Learning—

Arlington, VA – On February 26, the White House named Laura Huerta Migus, Executive Director of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), one of nine “Champions of Change” for Summer Opportunity, in recognition of the work of ACM and children museums to support the wellbeing of children outside of the classroom.

This recognition was announced alongside the launch of the White House’s Summer Opportunity Project, specifically its summer block parties component. The Summer Opportunity Project is a new collaboration with Civic Nation and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to address the needs of our nation’s children during summer vacation, with a focus on learning programming, meals, and first jobs.

Under Huerta Migus’s leadership, ACM and Ultimate Block Party will be coordinating with the Summer Opportunity Project to host block parties nationwide — and at the White House — this June. These events will emphasize the importance of childhood play for healthy academic, social, and emotional development.

In a statement, Huerta-Migus said: “Children’s museums are critical community resources for promoting children’s right to play, and also are exemplars for how play is learning. Through our partnership with the Ultimate Block Party, we continue our commitment to the value of playful learning for the future success of the nation’s children – especially those who need the most support to succeed in our current system. Play does not discriminate. All children can play – and all children can learn.”

In addition to Huerta Migus, the White House also honored Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network; Bill Hanawalt, Executive Director of the Peace Community Center; Alec Lee, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Aim High; Victor Francisco-Lopez, Founder of Learners Chess; Riya Rahman, student at Baylor University; Lauren Reilly, Program Director of Practice Makes Perfect; Olis Simmons, President and CEO of Youth UpRising; and Beth Unverzagt, Director of OregonASK.

About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)

In an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play and exploration with the caring adults in their lives. There are approximately 400 children’s museums around the world, which annually reach more than thirty-one million visitors. ACM provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and resources for its member organizations and individuals. To learn more about ACM and to find an ACM-member children’s museum near you, visit www.ChildrensMuseums.org.

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