Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92, Commitment to Literacy Continues

On Tuesday, April 17th, it was announced that Barbara Bush, wife of former President George H.W. Bush and mother to former President George W. Bush died at 92 from ongoing health issues.  A beloved First Lady, proud mother of six children and accomplished author, Barbara Bush believed that every American should have the chance to learn to read and write.

She launched the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989, with the express purpose of providing access to educational opportunities for young children and their parents.

Today, millions of people across all 50 states have benefited from the Foundation’s family literacy programs. And in the years to come, the Foundation will honor her legacy by helping Americans of all ages improve their literacy skills—and their futures.

A lifelong volunteer for charitable causes, Mrs. Bush raised money for the United Negro College Fund while in New Haven, started a thrift shop in Midland and volunteered in nursing homes and hospitals in Houston, Washington and New York. Her son Neil’s dyslexia led to her interest in fighting illiteracy. – New York Times

In 2016 Mrs. Bush joined forces with Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard to film a few literacy PSAs with the intent on inspiring people to volunteer at schools and libraries. According to Bush’s foundation, “4 out of 5 Houston children lack strong literacy skills by the 4th grade.” Howard’s D12 Foundation also has a strong focus on early childhood education. via Source Magazine

Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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