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May 18, 2015

Former first lady Laura Bush donates money to Austin ISD libraries

Former first lady Laura Bush visited an Austin elementary school Monday morning, fifth-grader Kaleb Walls leading her on a tour of Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy in East Austin before introducing her to the crowd. The elementary school is one of six schools in the district to receive a $7,000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.

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May 18, 2015

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Awards More Than $910,000 in Grants to School Libraries

AUSTIN, TX (May 18, 2015) -- Today, Mrs. Laura Bush visited Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy in Austin, Texas, to announce the 2015 library grants from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.  More than $910,000 is being distributed to 136 school libraries across the country.  This includes the eight middle school that each received a $7,000 library grant last October, and five middle schools that received a $7,000 library grant this spring, as a part of the George W. Bush Institute’s Middle School Matters program.

Mrs. Bush toured the school and visited a first grade classroom, where students were learning reading comprehension by acting out their favorite books. Afterwards, she spoke about the importance of reading, and encouraged students to fall in love with a book this summer.

“No matter what you want to be when you grow up – a doctor or a lawyer, a Senator, an artist, or a teacher, reading will help you reach your goal…By providing more schools with better reading materials, the Laura Bush Foundation helps students understand more of the world around them, and its limitless possibilities,” said Mrs. Laura Bush.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides grants up to $7,000 to our Nation’s neediest schools so that 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 $12.5 million to almost 2,500 schools across the country.  In addition to the annual grants, the “Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative” in 2006 provided more than $6.3 million to school libraries affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita so that they could rebuild book collections lost or destroyed in the storms. 

In 2014, The Laura Bush Foundation transitioned from the Communities 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 the newly launched


The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries 2015 Grant Recipients

Pine Grove Elementary School Bay - Minette, AL
Malachi Wilkerson Middle School - Birmingham, AL
Hillcrest High School - Evergreen, AL
Litchfield Middle School - Gadsden, AL
Calloway-Smith Middle School - Mobile, AL
Ridgecrest Elementary School - Phenix City, AL
Holt Elementary School - Tuscaloosa, AL
Mabelvale Magnet Middle School - Mabelvale, AR
Park Elementary School - Holbrook, AZ
Kirkland Elementary School - Kirkland, AZ
Alta Vista Elementary School - Phoenix, AZ
Washington Elementary School - Phoenix, AZ
Los Angeles Academy Middle School - Los Angeles, CA
Virgil Middle School -Los Angeles, CA
Young Oak Kim Academy - Los Angeles, CA
Walter Woodward Elementary School – Manteca, CA (Middle School Matters)
Moreno Valley High School - Moreno Valley, CA
Parthenia Street Elementary School - North Hills, CA
Rio Rosales Elementary School - Oxnard, CA
Redwood Elementary School - Shafter, CA
South El Monte High School - South El Monte, CA
Monte Vista High School - Spring Valley, CA
Coronado Hills Elementary School - Denver, CO
Gust Elementary School - Denver, CO
Bassick High School - Bridgeport, CT
Ramon E. Betances Early Reading Lab School - Hartford, CT
J.O. Wilson Elementary School - Washington DC
East Dover Elementary School - Dover, DE
Congress Middle School - Boynton Beach, FL
Tedder Elementary School - Deerfield Beach, FL
L. C. Swain Middle School - Greenacres, FL
Leadership Academies at Eugene J. Butler Middle School - Jacksonville, FL
Frank Hartsfield Elementary School - Tallahassee, FL
Eastbrook Middle School - Dalton, GA
Tattnall County High School - Reidsville, GA
Shoshone Schools - Shoshone, ID
Henry W Cowherd Middle School - Aurora, IL
W.S. Beaupre Elementary School - Aurora, IL
Anna R. Langford Community Academy - Chicago, IL
Edwin G. Foreman High School - Chicago, IL
Frank W. Reilly Elementary School - Chicago, IL
Henry D. Lloyd Elementary School - Chicago, IL
Thomas Kelly High School - Chicago, IL
Grover Cleveland Elementary School - Chicago, IL
Bloomingdale Elementary School - Fort Wayne, IN
Highland-Turner Elementary School - Booneville, KY
William Wells Brown Elementary School - Lexington, KY
Frayser Elementary School - Louisville, KY
Mill Creek Elementary School - The Leadership Academy Magnet - Louisville, KY
Portland Elementary School - Louisville, KY
Stephen Foster Traditional Academy - Louisville, KY
Cristo Rey Boston High School - Boston, MA
John W. McCormack Middle School - Boston, MA
The English High School - Boston, MA
Excel High School - South Boston, MA
Harmony Hills Elementary School - Silver Spring, MD
The James and Grace Lee Boggs School - Detroit, MI
Pillsbury Elementary School - Minneapolis, MN
Stadium View School - Minneapolis, MN
Thomas Edison High School - Minneapolis, MN
Koch Elementary School - St. Louis, MO
Oaks Road Elementary School - New Bern, NC
Boys Town High School - Boys Town, NE
Beech Street Elementary School - Manchester, NH
Cherry Street Elementary School - Bridgeton, NJ
Indian Avenue School - Bridgeton, NJ
Quarter Mile Lane Elementary School - Bridgeton, NJ
Paterson Public Schools #10 - Paterson, NJ
Navajo Pine High School - Navajo, NM
Navajo Preparatory School - Farmington, NY
Academy of Mount St. Ursula - Bronx, NY
Roland Patterson Intermediate School 229 - Bronx, NY
The Castle Hill Middle School 127 - Bronx, NY
Performing Arts and Technology High School - Brooklyn, NY
High School for Health Professions and Human Services - New York, NY
Children's School of Rochester No. 15 - Rochester, NY
Rochester International Academy - Rochester, NY
Berta A. Dreyfus Intermediate School 49 - Staten Island, NY
John G. Whittier Elementary School P.S. 18 - Staten Island, NY
Arbor Grove Elementary School - Oklahoma City, OK
Linwood Elementary School - Oklahoma City, OK
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School - Oklahoma City, OK
George J. West Elementary School - Providence, RI
Morningside Middle School - Charleston, SC
Tyger River High School - Columbia, SC
South Conway Elementary School - Conway, SC
Haut Gap Middle School – Johns Island, SC (Middle School Matters)
Myrtle Beach Primary School - Myrtle Beach, SC
Calhoun County High School - St. Matthews, SC
Manassas High School - Memphis, TN
Treadwell Middle School - Memphis, TN
Bon De Croft Elementary School - Sparta, TN
Marcia R. Garza Elementary School - Alamo, TX
Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center - Austin, TX
Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy - Austin, TX
J. Frank Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Center - Austin, TX
Margaret T. Reilly Elementary School - Austin, TX
Palm Elementary School - Austin, TX
William B. Travis High School - Austin, TX
Baytown Junior High School – Baytown, TX (Middle School Matters)
Cromack Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Hubert R. Hudson Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Josephine Castañeda Elementary - Brownsville, TX
Lucille Skinner Elementary School - Brownsville. TX
Mattye Gentry Stell Middle School - Brownsville, TX
Palm Grove Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Rosita E. Del Castillo Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Senator Eddie A. Lucio, Jr. Middle School - Brownsville, TX
Victoria Heights Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Elliott Grant Middle School – Corpus Christi, TX (Middle School Matters)
Esperanza "Hope" Medrano Elementary - Dallas, TX
Riverside High School - El Paso, TX
Gallegos Elementary School - Houston, TX
Horn Elementary School - Houston, TX
Thomas A. Edison Middle School - Houston, TX
Tice Elementary School - Houston, TX
S. Perez School Elementary - Laredo, TX
Walter L. Wilkinson Middle School – Mesquite, TX (Middle School Matters
Carmen Anaya Elementary School - Pharr, TX
Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School – Pharr, TX (Middle School Matters)
Robert E. Lee Middle School – San Angelo, TX (Middle School Matters)
Anson Jones Middle School- San Antonio, TX
Palo Alto Elementary School - San Antonio, TX
Trinity Middle School – Trinity, TX (Middle School Matters)
Lamar Elementary School - Wichita Falls, TX
Bryant Middle School - Salt Lake City, UT
Bensley Elementary School - North Chesterfield, VA
George Washington Carver Elementary School - Richmond, VA
Reed Elementary School - Tacoma, WA
Center McMechen Elementary School - McMechen, WV
Hebard Elementary School - Cheyenne, WV
Heritage Intermediate School – Fontana, CA
John Glenn Middle School- San Angelo, TX
Etiwanda Intermediate School – Etiwanda, CA
Stephen F. Austin Middle School – San Juan, TX
Audie Murphy Middle School – Alamo, TX

October 21, 2014

Mrs. Laura Bush Awards Library Grants to Middle School Matters Schools as the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries Joins Bush Center Education Efforts

Photo by Grant Miller

Today, Mrs. Laura Bush visited Wilkinson Middle School in Mesquite, Texas, to announce the transition of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries to the Bush Institute at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and to award Wilkinson and seven other middle schools a $7,000 library grant.

Mrs. Bush also toured an 8th grade reading class and a 7th grade English-Language Arts classroom, and then participated in a roundtable discussion with Mesquite ISD administrators and teachers about Wilkinson’s participation in Middle School Matters, an initiative at the George W. Bush Institute that seeks to increase the number of middle grade students who are prepared for high school and postsecondary success.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries supports the education of our nation's children by providing funds to update, extend and diversify the book, print and reading collections in our country's neediest schools.  It was founded in 2002 as a fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, DC, and has awarded more than $11.5 million to almost 2,400 schools since its inception. The Foundation will continue providing grants to school libraries as a restricted fund of the Bush Institute and is now accepting applications for grants to be awarded in May of 2015.  Information on applying can be found here.

Wilkinson Middle School is also one of eight Tier II schools in the 2014-2015 Middle School Matters program. The mission of Middle School Matters is to transform the middle grades by promoting high quality research-based strategies and practices to drive the development of policies that lead to better student outcomes. By using a tiered method of supporting districts, schools, and non-profit organizations, Middle School Matters is translating proven research into practical applications.  Tier II invites selected schools to an annual conference to receive the support needed to develop and administer a Middle School Matters Implementation Plan. Tier I includes an online public clearinghouse of research/evidence-based practices and resources, and Tier III provides intensive support to selected schools by offering targeted assistance throughout the school year in the execution of their Middle School Matters Implementation Plan.

The other seven Tier II Middle School Matters schools receiving $7,000 grants from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries include Advanced Studies Magnet-Haut Gap Middle School, Johns Island, South Carolina; Baytown Junior High School, Baytown, Texas; Grant Middle School, Corpus Christi, Texas; Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School, Pharr, Texas; Trinity Middle School, Trinity, Texas; Walter Woodward Elementary School, Manteca, California; and, Robert E. Lee Middle School, San Angelo, Texas.