Obama attends Katrina anniversary events

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, President Barack Obama and administration officials will travel to the Gulf Coast to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Obama will travel to New Orleans on Sunday. The visit will include remarks by the president at Xavier University of Louisiana. Members of his cabinet and other senior administration officials will also be in the region to mark the anniversary.

Wednesday, August 25

• FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate will visit St. Bernard Parish schools.

Thursday, August 26

• Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit J.S. Clark Elementary School in Monroe with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. The focus of the visit will be the importance of nutrition and exercise.

• Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will attend a "Welcome Home" Event hosted by Rebuilding Together in New Orleans

• Secretary Donovan and Administrator Fugate will participate in a field hearing in Chalmette on Katrina recovery, hosted by Sen. Mary Landrieu.

• Secretary Donovan and Patrick Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service will deliver remarks at the St. Bernard Project's 50-Hour Build Kick-Off Event in New Orleans

• Administrator Jackson will deliver the keynote at a conference, Fighting for Survival: The Vulnerability of America's Gulf Coast and the Caribbean Basin, at Tulane University.

• Administrator Fugate will tour three FEMA-funded recovery projects in New Orleans - a school, a transportation project and a hospital.

Friday, August 27

• Secretary Duncan will visit the Kids College at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. The focus of this event will be teacher recruitment.

• Secretary Duncan will visit George C. Hall Elementary School in Mobile, AL. The focus of this event will be turnaround schools.

• Secretary Donovan will deliver remarks at the Silver Lining Breakfast sponsored by the Louisiana Recovery Disaster Foundation.

• Administrator Jackson will meet with volunteers at the "Wave of Green" in City Park.

• Administrator Jackson will speak at the TEDxNOLA conference in Le Petit Theatre.

• Administrator Jackson will speak at a summit with students at the Wilson School. She will discuss her background and the work of EPA in the Gulf.

• Administrator Fugate will tour recovery projects in Biloxi, MS including a fire station, Biloxi Light House, and a highway project.

• Mr. Corvington will deliver opening remarks at the Louisiana Organization of Non-profit Organizations conference focusing on community service and volunteerism.

• Mr. Corvington will participate in a Community Dialogue. The Dialogue will gather together community stakeholders to inform the Corporation's five-year strategy.

• Mr. Corvington will participate in an event to celebrate the efforts of Reach Out and Read, an organization that has given out 1 million books to children through doctors who mentor parents and their young children on the importance of reading at a young age.

Saturday, August 28

• Mr. Corvington is participating in a ribbon cutting hosted by Rebuilding Together. The event will commemorate and celebrate all of the work that AmeriCorps and other volunteer organizations have done to rebuild communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

• Mr. Corvington will attend an event at Tulane University where he will address a group of 1200 volunteers, thanking them for their service to the community.

• Mr. Corvington will attend a ceremony with the Greater NOLA Habitat for Humanity at a site where the organization will commemorate the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by building five homes in five days.

Sunday, August 29

• Secretary Napolitano and Deputy FEMA Administrator Rich Serino will travel to Mississippi.

• Administrator Jackson will attend an interfaith service in New Orleans.

• Administrator Jackson will attend a candlelight vigil in New Orleans.

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