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Barbara Bush Gets an $80,000 Surprise Check for Her Foundation- Culture Map Houston

By Shelby Hodge, There are few, if any, homes in River Oaks lovelier than the French-flavored abode of Terri and John Havens and the couple has been more than generous in sharing their chateau splendor with numerous non-profits. The most recent gathering was for sponsors of the Celebration of Reading, a cocktail gathering that held […]

$300,000 Grant Ignites Local Literacy effort- Houston Chronicle

By Ericka Mellon, The nascent campaign to improve Houstonians’ reading skills got a $300,000 kick-start Thursday from the federal agency that oversees community service. The three-year grant will fund 15 workers to assist the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, which is spearheading a local reading improvement effort. Wendy Spencer, who leads the Corporation for National […]

George H.W. Bush Raps (no, really) and the Bill Clinton Bromance’s Examined in a $2.9 Million Night for Reading- Culture Map Houston

By Tarra Gaines, Presidential and literary stars lit up the Hobby Center for A Celebration of Reading, the annual benefit for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. With Barbara Bush opening the celebration and George H. W. approving from the front row and with Presidents Obama, Clinton and George W. Bush sending their congratulations and […]

Literacy Foundation Rallies Community to Action- Examiner

By Robin Foster, A week after Houston ISD unveiled a new initiative to ensure its students can read and learn, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation released a plan of action to raise awareness of the city’s literacy crisis and mobilize efforts to boost literacy rates among people of all ages. “We will not end the […]

Community Leaders Announce Houston’s Literacy Goals- Click2Houston.com

Rachel McNeill HOUSTON -Community leaders have kicked off a literacy effort to increase the literacy rates of people of all ages across Houston. Officials say one in five adults in Houston is functionally illiterate, and about half of Houston’s ninth graders fail to meet minimum reading and writing requirements for graduation. The Barbara Bush Houston […]

Tackling Illiteracy-The Houston Chronicle

Original Story Philanthropy is changing. Realizing that charities have to work harder and do more, foundations and those who support them are becoming smarter and more strategic with their goals in hopes of achieving greater community impact. The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is no exception. Led by co-chairs Neil and Maria Bush and Julie […]

Southwest Florida Community Foundation Launches Project to Assist Regional Organizations- Fort Meyers Florida Weekly

DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE’RE BECOMING A MORE VISUAL SOCIETY, READING IS STILL FUNDAMENTAL. Without the ability to read — and comprehend what you’ve read — you can’t fill out a tax form, an employment form, a doctor’s form or even a school permission slip for your kids. You can’t read a menu. You can’t […]

Former First Lady Celebrates 25 Years of Promoting Literacy- Houston Woman Magazine

Former First Lady Celebrates 25 Years of Promoting Literacy By Beverly Denver Long before Barbara Bush became the First Lady of the United States, she was focused on literacy. She visited schools and libraries to promote the importance of parents reading to and teaching their children to read. And, she spoke often of reading as […]

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Announces Virtual Book Drive for Children

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy  Announces Virtual Book Drive for Children ~ One vote, one book. Lots of votes, lots of books for children. ~ TALLAHASSEE, April 14, 2014 — The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the nation’s leading advocate for family literacy, announced the launch of a virtual book drive in celebration […]

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