Barbara Bush to Raise $2 Million for Family Literacy, Announce 14 Grant Winners
HOUSTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- With her son, the President of the United States, scheduled to be looking on, former First Lady Barbara Bush will raise over $2 million tomorrow night for her two family literacy organizations and announce over $600,000 in new grants to 14 family literacy programs around Texas and across the United States. Bush will announce the awards at her seventh annual fundraiser, A Celebration of Reading, which benefits the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the recently created Barbara Bush Texas Fund (also for family literacy). President George W. Bush will speak at the sold-out event at the Wortham Theatre -- as will former President Bush, former British Prime Minister John Major, journalist Hugh Sidey, British author P.D. James, and writers Richard Paul Evans and Elizabeth George. First Lady Laura Bush will attend, as will Education Secretary Rod Paige. "The parent is the single greatest factor in a child's success in school," said Mrs. Bush, Honorary Chairman of the Foundation. "That's why the family literacy programs we fund provide literacy instruction for both generations, as well as time for parents and children to read together. We believe that these 14 excellent new projects will have an even greater impact on their communities." The 14 winning grants range from $17,300 to $50,000, and were chosen from more than 500 applications submitted by libraries, correctional institutions, universities, housing projects, homeless shelters, and public schools. Since 1989, the Barbara Bush Foundation and the Texas Fund have awarded nearly $9 million either to create or expand 276 family literacy programs in 44 different states. In addition to a national grant program, the Barbara Bush Foundation also funds state family literacy initiatives in Maine, working with the state department of education, and Florida, where Governor Jeb Bush is the Honorary Chair. The Texas Fund, launched in 1999, administers two additional programs, which have funded projects in 42 different cities thus far: The First Lady's Family Literacy Initiative for Texas, of which First Lady Laura Bush is the Honorary Chair, and a separate discretionary grant program. Following is a list of the 2001 grant winners. Additional information about the programs, the Foundation, and the Texas Fund can be accessed at www.barbarabushfoundation.com. THE 2001 BARBARA BUSH FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY LITERACY GRANT RECIPIENTS ARE: Berkeley County School District in Moncks Corner, SC Butler County Board of Education in Greenville, AL Chandler Unified School District and the Chandler Public Library in Chandler, AZ El Paso Community College in El Paso, TX Florida International University in Miami, FL Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc. in Washington, DC Northern Rhode Island Collaborative in Pawtucket, RI Prince George's Child Resource Center, Inc. in Largo, MD ProJeCt of Easton, Inc. in Easton, PA Woodbine Community Organization in Nashville, TN YWCA of Nashville and Middle-Tennessee THE 2001 BARBARA BUSH TEXAS FUND FOR FAMILY LITERACY GRANT RECIPIENTS ARE: Literacy for Life, Plano Public Library System Literacy for All, Jacksonville Literacy Council Inc. HoustonREAD Commission MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X62561218
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