In the U.S. 30 million people over age 16, which is 14% of the country’s adult population, do not read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application. Literacy is possibly the most valuable skill a person can have. If you are not literate, you can’t get and hold a good job, help your children succeed in school, or participate fully in our wonderful democracy. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy makes the development of these critical literacy skills possible for low literate families across the country.
“Being literate is one of the most important skills anyone can have,” says Amanda Bush. “Barbara Bush has always said if you can’t read, write and comprehend you can never be actively involved and contribute to society.”
Literacy is not just an issue for children. The Foundation was created to bring children and their parents together to read. “Barbara Bush alwa