Welcome!

News Feed Item

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Celebrates Silver Anniversary

~Literacy supporters remember and look forward at event honoring 25-year-old national non-profit

HOUSTON, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Guests of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy reminisced about the past and embraced the future of family literacy at an intimate luncheon celebrating the non-profit's 25th anniversary today in Houston. The guest of honor, the founder of the national non-profit, former First Lady Barbara Bush, was joined by her husband, President George H.W. Bush, national literacy champions, educators and dear friends— a group of the original leaders who attended her White House announcement luncheon on March 6, 1989 and helped to shape what would become her enduring legacy—pioneering the national family literacy movement in the U.S.

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy founder Barbara Bush, President George H.W. Bush and literacy champions from across the country celebrate the Foundation's 25th anniversary.

Doro Bush Koch, Mrs. Bush's daughter and Honorary Co-Chair of the Foundation, welcomed her parents and guests to the nostalgic event. She praised her mother's tireless advocacy efforts and passion to provide the nation's precious young children and their parents a chance to read and learn together, a crucial first step toward achieving the American Dream. 

"My mother always said if more people were literate, we could be much closer to solving many problems that our country faces," said Bush Koch. "She made her literacy footprint by providing tens of thousands of families the opportunity to succeed in the classroom and in life. The Foundation has reached a huge milestone today and I am eager to continue inspiring moms, dads and their children to head down the journey of learning, just as my mother has done for so many years."

Other guests on hand to honor Barbara Bush included Jim Duffy, former president of ABC, Sharon Darling, president of the National Center for Family Literacy, Peter Waite, vice-president of Pro-Literacy, Jill Conner Browne, author of Sweet Potato Queens, and Norma Vargas, a parent-learner who attended a Houston family literacy program in 2001 with her young daughter.

"I couldn't be prouder of my mom and her leadership, even if I weren't her son," added Foundation Honorary Co-Chair Jeb Bush. "I think of her as the mother of family literacy and truly believe that a focus on family literacy is one of the greatest needs of our time."

The scene of the silver anniversary luncheon, held at the historic Julia Ideson Library, was the ultimate "Throwback Thursday," replicating Mrs. Bush's 1989 official announcement at a White House luncheon. The guest list included original attendees from the announcement event who enjoyed an identical menu of Supreme Chicken, rice pilaf and pear pithiviers with caramel sauce seated at tables adorned with pink and white rose centerpieces.

Today's luncheon commences a year-long series of special celebrations to commemorate this milestone and reflect Mrs. Bush's passion for family literacy. Find us on Facebook for flashbacks from the Foundation's 25 years of service and follow us on Twitter, @BarbaraBushFdt. Supporters can sign up for the Barbara Bush Foundation's e-News to learn about future anniversary event announcements or visit the Foundation's website at www.BarbaraBush.org.

Barbara Bush Foundation by the numbers:

  • Impact:
    • $50 million in grants awarded to 1200 family literacy programs and nearly 800 newly piloted Barbara Bush family scholarships
    • Support literacy efforts in all 50 states
    • Benefit 25,000 families by helping give children a jumpstart in their education and moms and dads a significant boost in their reading, writing, and, for some, English language skills
  • Achievements:
    • 90% of preschool children who enter Barbara Bush Foundation programs at the lowest literacy levels end the school year on par with their peers and ready to enter kindergarten.
    • Parents, on average, improve their literacy skills by 1.6 grade levels in just 9 months. They boost their math skills by 1.7 grade levels.
    • Elementary school readers, who begin our mentoring program 7 months behind in reading, end the school year achieving a reading level gain of 1.14 years. And, 82% of our teen mentors are college bound, possessing improved leadership and community service skills.

About Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is the nation's leading advocate for family literacy by supporting a lifetime of learning from birth to adulthood. As a national public charity established in 1989 by former First Lady Barbara Bush, the Foundation focuses simultaneously on early childhood education for preschoolers and adult literacy for their parents. As we mark our 25th anniversary this year, we are determined to provide more families in America with access to and choice of educational opportunities to obtain literacy skills.  To learn more about the Barbara Bush Foundation or to join the movement, please visit www.BarbaraBush.org.

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140306/DC78728

Contact: Elizabeth Hirst, 850-562-5300
[email protected]

SOURCE Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
There are 66 million network cameras capturing terabytes of data. How did factories in Japan improve physical security at the facilities and improve employee productivity? Edge Computing reduces possible kilobytes of data collected per second to only a few kilobytes of data transmitted to the public cloud every day. Data is aggregated and analyzed close to sensors so only intelligent results need to be transmitted to the cloud. Non-essential data is recycled to optimize storage.
"I think that everyone recognizes that for IoT to really realize its full potential and value that it is about creating ecosystems and marketplaces and that no single vendor is able to support what is required," explained Esmeralda Swartz, VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud at Ericsson, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem" ...
As businesses adopt functionalities in cloud computing, it’s imperative that IT operations consistently ensure cloud systems work correctly – all of the time, and to their best capabilities. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Bernd Harzog, CEO and founder of OpsDataStore, will present an industry answer to the common question, “Are you running IT operations as efficiently and as cost effectively as you need to?” He will expound on the industry issues he frequently came up against as an analyst, and...
Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.
After more than five years of DevOps, definitions are evolving, boundaries are expanding, ‘unicorns’ are no longer rare, enterprises are on board, and pundits are moving on. Can we now look at an evolution of DevOps? Should we? Is the foundation of DevOps ‘done’, or is there still too much left to do? What is mature, and what is still missing? What does the next 5 years of DevOps look like? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by DevOps Summit Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists l...
In their Live Hack” presentation at 17th Cloud Expo, Stephen Coty and Paul Fletcher, Chief Security Evangelists at Alert Logic, provided the audience with a chance to see a live demonstration of the common tools cyber attackers use to attack cloud and traditional IT systems. This “Live Hack” used open source attack tools that are free and available for download by anybody. Attendees learned where to find and how to operate these tools for the purpose of testing their own IT infrastructure. The...
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor - all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
My team embarked on building a data lake for our sales and marketing data to better understand customer journeys. This required building a hybrid data pipeline to connect our cloud CRM with the new Hadoop Data Lake. One challenge is that IT was not in a position to provide support until we proved value and marketing did not have the experience, so we embarked on the journey ourselves within the product marketing team for our line of business within Progress. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Sum...
The modern software development landscape consists of best practices and tools that allow teams to deliver software in a near-continuous manner. By adopting a culture of automation, measurement and sharing, the time to ship code has been greatly reduced, allowing for shorter release cycles and quicker feedback from customers and users. Still, with all of these tools and methods, how can teams stay on top of what is taking place across their infrastructure and codebase? Hopping between services a...
Virtualization over the past years has become a key strategy for IT to acquire multi-tenancy, increase utilization, develop elasticity and improve security. And virtual machines (VMs) are quickly becoming a main vehicle for developing and deploying applications. The introduction of containers seems to be bringing another and perhaps overlapped solution for achieving the same above-mentioned benefits. Are a container and a virtual machine fundamentally the same or different? And how? Is one techn...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex softw...
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm.
What sort of WebRTC based applications can we expect to see over the next year and beyond? One way to predict development trends is to see what sorts of applications startups are building. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Arin Sime, founder of WebRTC.ventures, will discuss the current and likely future trends in WebRTC application development based on real requests for custom applications from real customers, as well as other public sources of information,
Interoute has announced the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure platform with Rancher Labs’ container management platform, Rancher. This approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and infrastructure investments. Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO commented “Enterprises developing and building apps in the cloud and those on a path to Digital Transformation need Digital ICT Infrastructure that allows them to build, test and deploy faster than ever before. The int...