2014

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

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 of its 25th Anniversary.

Beginning today, and continuing through Friday, April 25th, you can visit www.helpthemread.org to vote for your favorite children's book. For every vote cast, Scholastic will donate a children's book to one of our literacy programs. One vote, one book. Lots of votes, lots of books for children who urgently need them.

"The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. Like my mom, I believe our nation's precious children deserve the chance to succeed in the classroom, and their parents play an important role in their learning process," said Doro Bush Koch, Co-Chair of the Foundation. "This is a great way to get books into the hands of children and help families learn their way to a better life."

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, two-thirds of American students are not reading proficiently by 4th grade. And, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's National Study, Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation found that one in six students who are not reading proficiently in 3rd grade will fail to graduate from high school on time. But the problem can be solved, and together we are making meaningful progress through our innovative family literacy scholarship and reading mentor programs.

"Ninety percent of low-literacy preschoolers are ready for kindergarten after one year in our programs," said Liza McFadden, President and CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, "We can do more, and with the public's support during this campaign, together we will."

America's children are our most precious resource, and every one of them has the right to learn to read. You can help children today by simply visiting www.helpthemread.org to vote for your favorite children's book!

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is the nation's leading advocate for family literacy. Founded by former First Lady Barbara Bush, we believe that family literacy is key to solving today's most critical challenges: social and economic mobility, quality of life, and global competitiveness. With support of individuals and corporate sponsors, we provide educational opportunities for young children and their parents, helping them achieve the literacy skills needed to pursue a brighter future.

Contact: Elizabeth Hirst, 850-562-5300, elizabeth.hirst@barbarabush.org

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SOURCE Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy



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