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September 25, 2017

Former First Ladies Unite to Provide Relief to Schools Affected by Hurricane Season 2017

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Pledge to Support Education in the Aftermath of Disaster 

Dallas, TX – Today, The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation announced a combined $2 million pledge to support education in the aftermath of recent catastrophic hurricanes. Of the $2 million, The Laura Bush Foundation is dedicating nearly $1 million for grants that will be awarded to schools affected by this year’s devastating natural disasters as part of the 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative. The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is committing $1 million to provide resources to public libraries, as well as supplies and books to classroom teachers and students in Houston who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“This fall, we have witnessed devastating forces of nature,” said Mrs. Laura Bush. “I am thrilled to be partnering with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation during this time of great need. We are committed to rebuilding school libraries that have been damaged during this year’s hurricane season so that our nation’s children have the resources they need to be successful in the classroom and beyond.”

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as other storms this season, have caused catastrophic damage in Houston and along the Texas Gulf Coast by flooding schools and homes and leaving many families and their children displaced. The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and The Laura Bush Foundation recognize the importance of helping families regain a sense of normalcy in their lives, and the ability to access the academic and support services in their schools is paramount to returning to that normalcy. The foundations will raise funds to rebuild school and community libraries, provide classroom resources for teachers, distribute school supplies and books to children in need, and mobilize volunteers.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides annual grants to our Nation’s neediest schools so they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries. In addition to the annual grants, the “Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative” in 2006 provided nearly $6.5 million to school libraries affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to rebuild book collections damaged or destroyed in the storms. With a goal to raise additional funds to combine with the initial pledge, this year’s Disaster Relief Initiative will provide larger grants to schools in Texas and across the southeastern United States that have been devastated by this year's storms. 

“As heartbroken as George and I were watching Hurricane Harvey engulf our beloved Texas with unprecedented floodwaters, so too were we moved by the selfless heroism of the first responders and neighbors who risked their own safety to help others,” said Mrs. Barbara Bush. “Seeing Texans reaching out and coming together is why I am so proud to join Laura and her foundation to equip our childcare centers, schools and libraries with resources they need to help children and their families continue on the path to recovery.”    

The two foundations have brought together partners from across the country in support of their disaster relief efforts, including Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Kids in Need Foundation and Phillips 66. Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Phillips 66 each donated $250,000 to help rebuild home libraries for children, and Kids In Need Foundation, with support from Dollar General Literacy Foundation, will be supplying more than $1 million in school supplies.

For more information on how to donate to school libraries in need, or how to apply for school disaster relief, please visit www.laurabushfoundation.com.

To support relief efforts to Houston-area public libraries, teachers, and children affected by Hurricane Harvey or to volunteer, please visit www.bushhoustonliteracy.org.

 

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About the Laura Bush Foundation

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides grants to our Nation’s neediest schools so they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning.  Since its inception in 2002, it has awarded over $14.3 million to more than 2,700 schools across the country.  In addition to the annual grants, the “Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative” in 2006 provided nearly $6.5 million to school libraries affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to rebuild book collections lost or destroyed in the storms. In 2014, The Laura Bush Foundation transitioned from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C. to the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, where it is managed as a restricted fund. More information can be found at www.laurabushfoundation.org. 

About the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, co-chaired by Neil and Maria Bush, was established as a charitable organization focused on improving the quality of life for Houston residents through the power of literacy. The Foundation advocates for literacy as a fundamental right of everyone and a foundational skill towards success in life. It is founded on the belief held by Barbara Bush, former First Lady, “If you help a person to read, then their opportunities in life will be endless.” In 2013, the Bush Family created the Houston-based foundation separate from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a national foundation, in response to the need to deepen the awareness of and intensify services and support for the nation’s fourth largest and most diverse city – Houston. For more information, visit www.bushhoustonliteracy.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bushhoustonliteracy  on Twitter @bushhoustonlit and on Instagram @bushhoustonlit.

May 22, 2017

Jefferson Elementary receives grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

Jefferson Elementary has received a $7,000 grant from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.

“I am so excited for what this means to our students, and I am so thankful for the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries,” said Carol Weimer Williams, Jefferson's library media specialist.

More than $930,000 in grants will be distributed to 160 school libraries across the country this year for the purchase of books and reading materials.

Read full article on the Gleaner

May 22, 2017

Tolbert Elementary welcomes three renowned children’s book authors

Three nationally known children’s book authors visited Dallas ISD’s Thomas Tolbert Elementary School on Friday, May 19 – one of them possibly more notable for the eight years she lived in the White House.

Former First Lady Laura Bush visited the school to announce the DFW-area winners of grants through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Schools in Denton and Arlington are receiving grants in the latest round of awards. She also read the book, Our Great Big Backyard, co-written with her daughter Jenna Bush Hager. The story follows a family as they take a road trip to visit several national parks – at first a girl in the family goes reluctantly but finally sees the value of the natural wonders they encounter.

Author James Luna read his book, The Place Where You Live, and also taught students to say “here, the place where you live” in sign language. Hena Kahn read from her book, Amina’s Voice, about a Pakistani-American Muslim girl navigating the challenges of middle school, on top of the challenges Muslim-Americans sometimes face. Luna and Kahn toured the school Friday morning to see student projects inspired by the three books.

Each student received their own free copy of one of the books, and the school library received copies as well. The authors’ visits and donated books were funded by the Laura Bush Foundation’s “Reading Rock Stars” grant.

May 19, 2017

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Awards More Than $930,000 in Grants to School Libraries

Today, Mrs. Laura Bush announced that more than $930,000 is being distributed to 160 school libraries from 38 states across the country through the 2017 library grants from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.

“Congratulations to the schools and libraries that have been awarded a 2017 Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grant!” said Mrs. Laura Bush.  “As a former librarian, I know school libraries play an important role in improving student achievement, and with this grant, your librarian will make your library the perfect place for students to fall in love with reading.”

Mrs. Bush, who was one of the founders of the Texas Book Festival, announced the 2017 grant recipients while participating in the Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars literacy program. This year the program was hosted at Thomas Tolbert Elementary School, a school that received a grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries in 2013. The Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars literacy program brings books to life for children in low-income schools by inviting authors and illustrators into classrooms with entertaining presentations that inspire students to read, write, and create. James Luna, author of two bilingual picture books, and Hena Khan, Pakistani-American author of Amina’s Voices, joined Mrs. Bush in participating in the program. Mrs. Bush read her children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, and spoke about the importance of reading to a child’s success, both in and out of the classroom, and encouraged students to continue to read during the summer months. 

“During the summer months to come, I encourage every student to read something every day and for our younger children, to read aloud, too.  These simple steps will help students build reading skills and keep them ready for the next school year.” said Mrs. Bush.

This April while in Africa, Mrs. Bush announced the first ever international grants from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Therisanyo School in Gaborone, Botswana and Ella Du Plessis High School in Windhoek, Namibia each received $2,500 towards their school libraries.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides grants of up to $7,000 to our Nation’s neediest schools so they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning.  Since its inception in 2002, it has awarded over $14.3 million to more than 2,700 schools across the country.  In addition to the annual grants, the “Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative” in 2006 provided nearly $6.5 million to school libraries affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to rebuild book collections lost or destroyed in the storms.  

In 2014, The Laura Bush Foundation transitioned from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C. to the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, where it is managed as a restricted fund. More information can be found at www.laurabushfoundation.org.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

2017 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Wylam K though 8 - Birmingham, Alabama

Corley Elementary School - Boaz, Alabama

Cottondale Elementary - Cottondale, Alabama

Tok School - Tok, Alaska

Roadrunner Elementary - Phoenix, Arizona

Catalina High School -Tucson, Arizona

Carnall Elementary School - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Kingston - Kingston, Arkansas

Citrus Elementary - Chico, California

Mary Buren Elementary School - Guadalupe, California

Christa McAuliffe High School - Lancaster, California

Lafayette Elementary School - Long Beach, California

Los Angeles High School - Los Angeles, California

Mary Covillaud Elementary - Marysville, California

James Madison Middle School - North Hollywood, California

Handy Elementary School - Orange, California

Westwood School - Stockton, California

Wilhelmina Henry Elementary School - Stockton, California

Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall School - Sylmar, California

Pulaski Middle School - New Britain, Connecticut

Vance Village Elementary School - New Britain, Connecticut

Washington Elementary School - West Haven, Connecticut

Eastern Senior High School -Washington, District of Columbia

Eliot - Hine Middle School - Washington, District of Columbia

Anthony Elementary School - Anthony, Florida

Edith Starke Elementary - DeLand, Florida

Indiantown Middle School - Indiantown,               Florida

Central Avenue Elementary - Kissimmee, Florida

Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts - Kissimmee, Florida

Durrance Elementary - Orlando, Florida

Benjamin Banneker High School - Atlanta, Georgia

Maynard Jackson High School - Atlanta, Georgia

Ronald E. McNair Middle - College Park, Georgia

Cowan Road Elementary School - Griffin, Georgia

Toombs County High School - Lyons, Georgia

Dunleith Elementary School - Marietta, Georgia

Elite Scholars Academy - Morrow, Georgia

A. Gray Junior High School - Moultrie, Georgia

Fort Hall Elementary - Fort Hall, Idaho

Bond Elementary School - Chicago, Illinois

Lincoln Elementary School – Orland Park, Illinois

Talala Elementary School - Park Forest, Illinois

Erskine Elementary School - Anderson, Indiana

Southside Middle School - Muncie, Indiana

Fillmore Elementary School - Davenport, Iowa

Enders Open Magnet - Wichita, Kansas

Jefferson Elementary Schools - Henderson, Kentucky

Byck Elementary School - Louisville, Kentucky

Engelhard Elementary School - Louisville, Kentucky

Goldsmith Elementary School - Louisville, Kentucky

Greenbrier Elementary School -  Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Southside Elementary - Denham Springs, Louisiana

ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy - New Orleans, Louisiana

Southwest Baltimore Charter School - Baltimore, Maryland

New Hampshire Estates Elementary School - Silver Spring, Maryland

Ogemaw Heights High School - West Branch, Michigan

Jefferson Community School - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Choctaw Central High School - Choctaw, Mississippi

North Panola Junior High School - Como, Mississippi

Bel - Aire Elementary School - Gulfport, Mississippi

Cross Keys Middle School - Florissant, Missouri

East Elementary - Jefferson City, Missouri

Brookside Charter School - Kansas City, Missouri

Center Elementary - Kansas City, Missouri

Warford Elementary - Kansas City, Missouri

Gateway Middle School - St. Louis, Missouri

Hardin High School - Hardin, Montana

Morris Sunset East High School - Las Vegas, Nevada

Park Avenue Elementary School - Orange, New Jersey

Clinton Elementary School - Plainfield, New Jersey

Whittier Elementary School - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bloomfield High - Bloomfield, New Mexico

 Pine Hill Schools - Pine Hill, New Mexico

PS 25 The Eubie Blake School - Brooklyn, New York

English Language Learners and International Support Preparatory Academy - Bronx, New York

I.S. 5 The Walter H. Crowley School of Leadership - Elmhurst, New York

Stephen T. Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship High School - New York, New York

Abraham Lincoln School #22 Rochester City School District - Rochester, New York

Leadership Academy for Young Men - Rochester, New York

Metro School - Charlotte, North Carolina

George Hildebrand Elementary - Connelly Springs, North Carolina 

Douglas Byrd Middle School - Fayetteville, North Carolina

Kannapolis Middle School - Kannapolis, North Carolina

Horton Middle School - Pittsboro, North Carolina

Bridges Program - Raleigh, North Carolina

Windsor Elementary School - Windsor, North Carolina

Northwest Middle School - Winston - Salem, North Carolina

San Vicente Elementary School - Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Scranton School - Cleveland, Ohio

Hugo Middle School - Hugo, Oklahoma

Pierce Elementary - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Western Heights High School - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

St. Andrew Nativity School - Portland, Oregon

Woodlawn School - Portland, Oregon

Marvine Elementary School - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Jefferson Elementary School - Erie, Pennsylvania

Bartram High School - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Northwest Middle School - Reading, Pennsylvania

Riverside Elementary - Reading, Pennsylvania

  1. E. Murray Middle School - Greeleyville, South Carolina

 Palmetto Middle School - Mullins, South Carolina

  1. B. Goodwin Elementary - North Charleston, South Carolina

Minnie Hughes Elementary School - Yonges Island, South Carolina

Brainerd High School - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Spring Hill Elementary - Knoxville, Tennessee

Havenview Middle Schools - Memphis, Tennessee

Kingsbury Middle School - Memphis, Tennessee

Oakhaven Elementary School - Memphis, Tennessee

Westside Elementary - Memphis, Tennessee

Hamlet Elementary - Amarillo, Texas

Travis 6th Grade Campus - Amarillo, Texas

Knox Elementary - Arlington, Texas

Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy - Austin, Texas

Consuelo Mendez MS - Austin, Texas

Oak Springs Elementary - Austin, Texas

Filemon B. Vela Middle School - Brownsville, Texas

Gonzalez Elementary - Brownsville, Texas

Sterling B. Martin Middle School - Corpus Christi, Texas

Tomas Rivera Elementary School - Denton, Texas

Ysleta Elementary - El Paso, Texas

MacArthur Elementary - Galena Park, Texas

Betty Roberts Best Elementary School - Houston, Texas

Earnesteen Milstead Middle School - Houston, Texas

Eugene Field Elementary - Houston, Texas

Janowski Elementary - Houston, Texas

Spring Oaks Middle School - Houston, Texas

Walnut Bend Elementary School - Houston, Texas

Las Yescas Elementary - Los Fresnos, Texas

Marshall Kendrick Middle School - Pasadena, Texas

Allen & William Arnold Elementary - Pharr, Texas

Henry Ford Elementary School - Pharr, Texas

Jaime Escalante Middle School - Pharr, Texas

Ramiro Barrera Middle School - Roma, Texas

Dr. Martha Mead Elementary - San Antonio, Texas

Jim G. Martin Elementary School - San Antonio, Texas

Scotland Park Elementary - Wichita Falls, Texas

George Rogers Clark Elementary School - Charlottesville, Virginia

Jackson - Via Elementary School - Charlottesville, Virginia

Heritage Elementary School - Lynchburg, Virginia

Linkhorne Elementary School - Lynchburg, Virginia

Sheffield Elementary School - Lynchburg, Virginia

T.C. Miller Elementary - Lynchburg, Virginia

Albert H. Hill Middle School - Richmond, Virginia

Chimborazo Elementary School - Richmond, Virginia

Elkhardt - Thompson Middle School - Richmond, Virginia

Franklin Military Academy - Richmond, Virginia

George Wythe High School - Richmond, Virginia

Glen Lea Elementary School - Richmond, Virginia

James H. Blackwell Elementary - Richmond, Virginia

Miles Jerome Jones Elementary School - Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Community High School - Richmond, Virginia

Thomas Jefferson High School - Richmond, Virginia

Heritage High School - Newport News, Virginia

Lindenwood Elementary School - Norfolk, Virginia

Douglass Park Elementary School - Portsmouth, Virginia

Potomac View Elementary School - Woodbridge, Virginia

Scriber Lake High School - Edmonds, Washington

Four Heroes Elementary - Lakewood, Washington

Seattle World School - Seattle, Washington

Tank Elementary - Green Bay, Wisconsin