Former first lady Barbara Bush chose literacy as her life's work based on a powerful belief: "If more people could read, write, and comprehend, we would be that much closer to solving so many of the problems plaguing our society." She knew that literacy is the key to a life of equity, opportunity, and prosperity for all Americans. Since she established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989, research has proven her right, linking literacy to some of the most pressing issues of our time. Over the past three decades, the Barbara Bush Foundation has provided more than $110 million in support for family literacy programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, changing the lives of countless parents and children. Today, as a National organization based in Washington, D.C., we remain committed to Barbara Bush's vision, working toward an America in which all adults have the opportunity to read, write, and comprehend in order to navigate the world with dignity.
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