CURRENT March/April 2014
Former First Lady
celebrates 25 years
of promoting literacy
Long before Barbara Bush became the First Lady of the United States, she was focused on literacy. She visited schools and libraries to promote the importance of parents reading to and teaching their children to read. And, she spoke often of reading as the doorway to opportunity.
When she moved into the White House and had a larger stage on which to promote reading, she quickly and passionately took the lead.
In 1989, soon after George H.W. Bush was elected president and took office, she announced the formation of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Its goal was to support programs to teach low-income parents to read and get their GEDs. And, hopefully, they would pass along a love of reading to their children.
Over the past 25 years, the organization has been powerfully effective, funding 1500 literacy programs in 50 states with grants of $25,000 to $125,000.
From The Publisher
Ten Years! Already?
A friend called recently and asked, “Does it really seem like 10 years since you launched Houston Woman Magazine ?”
Without hesitation, I said, “Yes, it sure does!”
I was thinking, of course, of all the work that’s been done over the past decade! In our case, the work has included tracking down hundreds of busy and, often times, hard-to-reach women for interviews, write their stories, design, build and proofread pages, meet those ever-looming print deadlines, be present for press checks.
At the same time, there were requests (thousands of them) to cover special events… Read More