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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy names Michelle Staubach Grimes event chair for the 2015 Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth

Michelle Staubach Grimes Event Chair of 2015 Celebration of Reading Dallas-Fort WorthDALLAS, TX – Literacy advocate Michelle Staubach Grimes has been named event chair for the 14th annual Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

An event of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the annual Celebration of Reading features guest appearances from members of the Bush family and best-selling authors.

“Literacy has always been a passion close to my heart,” said Grimes. “It’s truly an honor to support the Foundation in such a meaningful way and be a part of a movement that is changing the way parents and children read together, while helping to establish literacy as a value in every home.”

Grimes recently helped fund the Foundation’s launch of a new Teen Trendsetters™ program in Dallas at St. Mary of Carmel Catholic School, where she serves as a volunteer teaching creative writing to seventh and eighth graders.

“Michelle is a long-time supporter of the Foundation and a talented children’s author who is helping shine the light on the importance of literacy,” said Liza McFadden, president of the Barbara Bush Foundation. “We’re thrilled that she is lending her passion and leadership to Celebration.”

Grimes’ first book, scheduled for release in March, is a children’s book titled, “Where is Pidge?” Grimes pulled inspiration from her real life heroine, her mom, Marianne Staubach, who instilled in her the joy of reading.

Funds raised from the annual Celebration of Reading help support family literacy and mentoring programs of the Barbara Bush Foundation, including Teen Trendsetters™, an anchor program of the organization that pairs teen mentors with first, second or third grade students who are six months or more behind in reading.  Last year, funds raised from Celebration of Reading helped launch 18 new programs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Sponsorships are now available for the 2015 Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth event and include exclusive events such as an intimate luncheon with the guest authors, a VIP reception, and preferred seating at the reading event. To reserve your individual tickets, contact events@BarbaraBush.org. Tickets will be available for purchase at a later date.

For more information, contact Jackie Braun at Jackie.Braun@BarbaraBush.org, call 817-269-2794 or visit www.celebrationofreading.org.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is the nation’s leading advocate for family literacy. The goals of the Foundation are simple: we want children to start school ready to excel and help parents improve their literacy skills. To learn more about the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s commitment to promote family literacy in homes across America, please visit www.helpthemread.org or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter (@BarbaraBushFdn).

Tina Matte, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758, Tina@GSMA.pro
Hue T. Reynolds, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, 850-562-5300, Hue.Reynolds@barbarabush.org


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