Barbara Bush to Raise $2 Million for Family Literacy, Announce 14 Grant Winners

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

    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
     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
     Following is a list of the 2001 grant winners.  Additional information
 about the programs, the Foundation, and the Texas Fund can be accessed at
     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
     Literacy for Life, Plano Public Library System
     Literacy for All, Jacksonville Literacy Council Inc.
     HoustonREAD Commission
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SOURCE Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy