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The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

In May 2010, the Oasis Foundation sponsored the Barbara Bush Foundation Maryland Celebration of Reading.  Held in Bethesda at the Music Center at Strathmore, authors for the event included Christopher Buckley, A.J. Jacobs, Leila Meacham, Sharon Robinson, David Rubenstein, and Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton.

Oasis is proud to continue its partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation in 2011 as a returning sponsor of The Maryland Initiative's Celebration of Reading, featuring authors Jean Auel, Sandra Brown, Donovan Campbell, Chris Gardner, and Wes Moore.

Established by Mrs. Barbara Bush in 1989, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy supports the development and expansion of family literacy programs in settings where parents and children read and learn together.  Carrying her mother's torch, former first daughter Doro Bush Koch brought this family tradition to her home state by founding the Maryland Initiative of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 2004.

Today, 20% of Maryland residents function at the country's lowest literacy rate.  The Barbara Bush Foundation funds innovative family literacy programs working to stop the negative cycle of illiteracy.

The 2010 Celebration of Reading raised over $1.1 million to fund Maryland literacy programs.  Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations, correctional institutions, homeless shelters, schools and school districts, libraries, and community- and faith-based agencies.  One hundred percent of proceeds from Celebration of Reading events go toward furthering the Foundation’s mission.


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