RIP Barbara Bush, Adult Literacy Advocate

April 18, 2018 | Rachelle

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April 17th, 2018 marked the passing of Barbara Bush (1925-2018). The former First Lady of the United States was many things to many people. She was a wife, a mother and remarkable person. She was a fierce advocate for adult literacy and family literacy, publicly supporting the need for more literacy programs. She believed that parents are a child's first teacher and that literacy is a right for all. She launched the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989. Many people were reached through the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE. This competition challenges teams of technological developers, educators, engineers and innovators to create mobile literacy learning applications for adult learners. 

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