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Barbara Bush Foundation and Dollar General Honor New GED Graduates of the Ardmore Barbara Bush Literacy Corps

For Immediate Release

Barbara Bush Foundation and Dollar General

Honor New GED Graduates of the Ardmore Barbara Bush Literacy Corps

~Inaugural Class Students Overcome Challenges, Realize Academic Success~


Ardmore, Oklahoma (Jan. 31, 2014) – Three local mothers were recognized yesterday as the first graduates of the Ardmore Barbara Bush Literacy Corps program. With start-up funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Ardmore Barbara Bush Literacy Corps opened its doors in October 2013 offering families a place to learn together. The program provides free classroom instruction to parents working toward their GED, as well as their children, who are typically under the age of eight.

“In starting this program, we had a vision to provide families in the local community an opportunity to achieve a better life through learning,” said Liza McFadden, president of the Barbara Bush Foundation. “We applaud these mothers for not only working hard in school, but for being great parents who took the time to bring their children with them to school every day. A growing body of research demonstrates that when families are actively engaged in their young child’s learning, children arrive at school ready to engage and succeed. I can’t imagine a better start for these preschoolers than seeing their moms as successful learners.”

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The graduates were the guests of honor at a special luncheon hosted by the board of the Ardmore Barbara Bush Literacy Corps. Board members applauded the hard work of these young mothers and encouraged them to reach for the stars:

                • Brittney Adams, now enrolled in Murray State College (pictured on the left)
                • Misty Joe, now enrolled in college and studying radiology (pictured on the right)
                • Donna Brow, preparing to enroll in college (not pictured)

“Dollar General Corporation has a long history of supporting literacy programming across the nation,” shared Riley Seals, Dollar General’s Ardmore Distribution Center director. “The co-founder of Dollar General was functionally illiterate. While he never had the opportunity

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to graduate from school, the company he created is now a Fortune 200 company. He wanted others to have access to education, no matter their age or situation in life. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was created for this reason and we remain steadfast in our support of literacy initiatives because the need is so great. Through education efforts like the Barbara Bush Literacy Corps, we hope to help unleash the potential in others to achieve great things for themselves and their families. Dollar General is very proud of the GED graduates and excited to celebrate with them.”

Latest census data estimates that almost one in five adults in Ardmore does not have a high school diploma. The overarching goals of the Ardmore family literacy program are to:

  • Help children start school ready to learn and excel.
  • Help parent-learners earn a GED and become workforce-ready through instruction that encompasses reading, math, English language, and parenting skills.
  • Encourage lifelong learning as a family value to be passed on through the generations.

“We are extremely happy to have been a part of enriching the lives of three courageous ladies. They not only had to overcome the challenges of the test, but also had to endure helping us to open the first class of the Ardmore Barbara Bush Literacy Corps,” said executive director James Meece. “One of the greatest rewards for anyone working to help someone have a better life through education is to see them progress through the initial challenge, become more confident and continue to grow by continuing their education”

Board members of the Ardmore Barbara Bush Literacy Corps include:

  • Adisha Chapman, Chair, Board of Regents, Murray State
  • Laura Clay, Vice Chair, The Reading Room
  • Bebe Lodes, Secretary/Treasurer, Retired Educator
  • Billy Bean, Board Member, Owner, R&R Trophy
  • Jill Daugherty, Board Member, Government Relations, Chickasaw Nation
  • Ginny Little, Board Member, Director, The Reading Room
  • Joy McDaniel, Board Member, President, Murray State
  • Riley Seals, Board Member, Director, Dollar General Distribution Center
  • Pat Owenby, Ex-Officio, State Representative
  • Frank Simpson, Ex-Officio, State Senator

For more information, visit www.barbarabush.org. To learn about Ardmore family literacy enrollment opportunities, contact James Meece at (580) 222-8899.


Get in Touch

You may also contact us by phone at 850.562.5300 or by mail at:
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301