Posted on Wednesday June 27, 2012
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.
“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. An additional two planning grants of $5,000 each will help communities develop the partnerships and resources needed to implement a new family literacy program.
Five “Lighthouse Model Programs” have also been awarded to well-established, model family literacy programs with significant outreach activities to support the promotion and expansion of services in the state. Awardees are selected based on their ability to demonstrate experience and success in providing family literacy programming, the creativity of their outreach activities, and the diversity of their partnerships and target audiences.
Wayfinder Schools’ Lighthouse Model Program Award is for its Passages program for teen parents. Passages provides individualized instruction to students in their homes, thereby eliminating student need to secure daily childcare and transportation to attend school. Students and teachers form strong relationships based on mutual learning and respect for students’ strengths, needs and their desire to be the best parents they can be. Students work at their own pace to meet 24 core skill requirements in Academics, Parenting, Life Skills, including math science, social studies, English language, budgeting nutrition, family literacy, child development and more. Both parents and their young children participate in this program, which includes strong adult, early and intergenerational family literacy components.
For more information about Passages, please call 236-3000. For more information The Barbara Bush Foundation’s Family Literacy Initiative, visit www.barbarabushfoundation.com or www.mainefamilyliteracy.com.