RSU13 awarded $25,000 literacy grant

Jun 08, 2012
Barbara Bush presents the award check to Beth A. Gifford. Also pictured at left is Doro Bush Koch

Rockland —

May 25, 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. RSU13 Adult Education received $25,000 to support their KNOW & GROW family literacy program, a partnership between Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine and Rockland Public Library.

“The ability to read, write and comprehend empowers people to create brighter and more prosperous futures for themselves, their families and their communities,” said 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 University of New England in Biddeford. Representatives from each program accepted their grant awards from Bush and Doro Bush Koch, co-chairwoman of the Barbara Bush Foundation.  They were joined by U.S. Sen. 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.

“This award will enable us to continue the inter-generational, integrated family literacy work we began in July, 2011,” says Shannon M. Parker, Director of RSU13 Adult and Community Education. “We couldn’t be more thrilled at the news of this award.”

In 2011-2012, Rockland enrolled 12 families. Parents work toward earning their high school credential while their children engaged in literacy-based activities at the library.

For more information on the Know & Grow Family Literacy Project, call Beth A. Gifford of Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine at 594-9764.

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