HOUSTON, TX – Mrs. Obama has her vegetables; but Barbara Bush has her books!
Did you know the former first lady is one of Houston’s leading activists for literacy?
She’s got her own foundation (The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation) that helps thousands of children and adults with their reading skills each year.
“We really have a problem here in Houston. We have one in five of our adults who are functionally illiterate. We have too many children entering kindergarten ill-prepared for school. This problem is so complex and so large that we need to tackle it from a lot of angles, and one place to start, seems to simple, which is to give books to children,” said Foundation President, Julie Baker.
The Bush foundation also helps other literacy organizations like Books Between Kids.
The Houston-based nonprofit was started by two moms, and their effort has grown so much they were able to give out more than 100,000 books to kids last year.
“That is our true reward is being able to distribute those books and seeing how excited the children are to know that they have six books that are their very own that they get to keep is, it’s priceless,” said Books Between Kids Founder, Sandra Ahlhorn.
In a special event Tuesday, the Bush’s presented Books Between Kids with the Point of Light award recognizing its outstanding volunteer efforts.
Because, at the end of the day, what’s more important than getting our future leaders the education they need?