Laura Bush Announces Million-Dollar Grant to School Libraries at Jack Lowe Elementary
|Courtesy the Dallas Independent School District|
|Laura Bush amongst the third-graders at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School this morning|
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.
|Principal Yesenia Cardoza presents Bush with a book filled with thank-you letters and drawings made by students.|
"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."