Kerry Washington visits DC elementary school

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WASHINGTON – This week, actress Kerry Washington wasn’t on stage or on a big screen – she was in a classroom. The actress and arts advocate stopped by Savoy Elementary School in southeast Washington as part of her duties on President Obama‘s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Washington, who plays the lead role on ABC’s hit show Scandal, told News4′s Tony Tull:

“I’m really very honored to serve in this administration on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the Turnaround Arts program is one of the programs that I am most proud to be associated with and to be of service in.”

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Washington, who recently starred in the Oscar-nominated Django Unchained, is very politically active. She spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and has campaigned for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

“It’s very easy to treat children like statistics,” Washington tells News4. “But when you come into a school and you see how arts programming allows a child to come into themselves and to become the learner they were destined to be…”

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