Laura Bush Announces Million-Dollar Grant to School Libraries at Jack Lowe Elementary

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Courtesy the Dallas Independent School District
Laura Bush amongst the third-graders at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School this morning
Former First Lady Laura Bush announced this morning that her foundation, which has provided more than $14 million in grants intended to fill school libraries with more and better books, is dispersing more than a million dollars to some 241 schools this year. Bush made the announcement at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School in front of 30 third-graders and educators, among them Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and his Richardson counterpart, Kay Waggoner . 

Local schools receiving grants this year include Lowe, Audelia Creek Elementary School and Molina High School. And while the Jack Lowe children sat quietly on a carpet in front of the podium in their school library, Bush explained to them why reading is important: "If mothers and dads and children read together, everybody learns and everybody likes it," she said. "I love my memories of putting my arms around my girls, Barbara and Jenna, and reading to them."

Her message is especially salient at Jack Lowe, where, she said, students spoke dozens  of different languages when the school opened five years ago. "So you can imagine the challenges that Ms. [Gail] Shipley [the school's librarian] and all the teachers faced here," she said.

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Principal Yesenia Cardoza presents Bush with a book filled with thank-you letters and drawings made by students.
The school's principal, Yesenia Cardoza, presented Bush with a book made by the children. Opening it to a portrait of her husband, the crowd laughed as the former First Lady looked up and announced, "Here's my husband, George W. Bush."

"I know what President Bush always asks kids, 'Do you read more than you watch TV?'" she told the children, who listened quietly. "If you do, you'll become a very excellent reader."

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11 comments
LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

Kudos and sincere thanks to Mrs. Bush - an invaluable asset to our Dallas schools and SMU!

LaceyB
LaceyB

But, what of North Dallas HS, which she so famously visited last year? Any grant money there? Or just plans to *hush**hush**shut it down*?

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Hey LacyB.....Anyone on this planet that you like? You have expressed your distaste for almost every minority...and majority. What about the elderly?

Rogersmuddywaters
Rogersmuddywaters

In the eyes of people like yourself, Mrs. Bush can do no right... no matter what she does. Shame on you, creep.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

That's on me. Trying to edit while doing an interview? Never wise.

LaceyB
LaceyB

On the contrary, I love everybody in Dallas, 'til proven otherwise. But, thanks for mis-spelling my Unfair handle. Now, that is just, well...Unfair.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Good to know that the second her mister drops dead, there's someone waiting in the wings to swoop in and "console" his wife. Please. Spare me the details of your Tea Party.

Rogersmuddywaters
Rogersmuddywaters

Illogical, creep. Do you know what a non sequitur is? Doubt it. Creep.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Anyone that approves of Laura Bush's work on behalf of children is a member of the Tea Party?

Did. Not. Know. That.

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