Released by the Tyler Literacy Council:
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has awarded $50,000 to the Literacy Council of Tyler in Tyler, Texas to support Family Learning Center of Tyler. LCOT is one of nine recipients selected in the 2012 grant competition totaling almost $400,000. Two additional programs were selected to receive $5,000 planning grants.
The grant to LCOT will support 16 children at Family Learning Center of Tyler. These children will receive high quality pre-school and pre-literacy instruction while their parents are learning to speak, read, and write English. FLCOT is a collaboration of LCOT, Tyler Junior College (TJC), and Tyler Independent School District (TISD).
"We are honored to receive this significant grant," said Nancy Crawford of Literacy Council of Tyler. Thanks to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, we will be able to work with our partners, TJC and TISD, to support more low-literacy parents and children in our community as they strive to improve their reading skills and in turn better their lives and their ability to participate in society.
"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. "Through the efforts of our Texas Fund and the family literacy programs supported, we believe that it is important this year in hard times to volunteer more, give more money and use our resources to support family literacy programs."
The awards were announced by Neil Bush on behalf of his mother, Former First Lady Barbara Bush. Neil and his wife Maria serve as the Foundation's Chairs of the Texas efforts supporting family literacy.
"We're excited about of the impact that these worthy programs have on families in Texas and are proud to provide financial support for their important work," says Neil Bush. "Given my mother's legacy commitment to raising awareness and supporting family literacy initiatives, these grants carry extra prestige bearing her name."