On May 25th, former First Lady Barbara Bush announced awards totaling $310,000 to 14 communities in Maine to support her passion for parents and children reading and learning together. The grants are awarded through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy which funds local programs focused on reading, writing and language comprehension. RSU13 Adult Education received $25,000.00 to support their KNOW & GROW family literacy program, a partnership between Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine and the Rockland Public Library.
“The ability to read, write and comprehend empowers people to create brighter and more prosperous futures for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Mrs. Bush. "The Foundation thinks it is important this year in hard times to volunteer more, give more money, and use our resources to support family literacy programs."
The grantees were honored at a ceremony held at the George and Barbara Bush Center at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Representatives from each program accepted their grant awards from Mrs. Bush and Doro Bush Koch, co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation. They were joined by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, First Lady Ann LePage and Danielle Ripich, President of University of New England.
Applications were submitted by libraries, adult education programs, and public schools across the state - seven family literacy programs were selected to receive $25,000 each. “This award will enable us to continue the inter-generational, integrated family literacy work we began in July, 2011,” says Shannon M. Parker, Director of RSU13 Adult and Community Education. “We couldn’t be more thrilled at the news of this award.” In 2011-2012, Rockland enrolled twelve families. Parents work toward earning their high school credential while their children engaged in literacy-based activities at the library.
For more information on the Know & Grow Family Literacy Project, please call Beth A. Gifford of Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine at 594-9764.
Posted by Christy Monroe on June 19, 2012 | Read more in: News