Education and Literacy
Barbara Bush Literacy Program / Literacy Month
In 2002, the NFRW Literacy Committee launched NFRW Literacy Month. Each September, local clubs have the opportunity to share their literacy projects, ranging from book donations, tutoring and financial support of literacy programs to special one-time events like themed parties with authors.
Let us know what your club does for literacy. It is important and can be fun!
Chair, NFRW Literacy Committee
Official Entry Form. Clubs have until October 31 to submit the completed form. [PDF, 1 page]
Please send your official entry form by mail or email to:
Chair Maxine Bennett
A Message From the Barbara Bush Foundation
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is committed to giving the precious gift of literacy to the more than 30 million Americans who cannot read. Join the national movement to support education as a "Civil Right for All" and help us give families in America the gift of reading.
Learn more at www.BarbaraBushFoundation.com, and find us on Facebook and Twitter!
Doro Bush Koch honored us with selecting numbers that were randomly assigned to clubs that participated in the 2013 Barbara Bush Literacy Program. She selected # 4 for the First Place Winner and # 18 for the Second Place Winner. Thank you, Ms. Koch, for your gracious support.
Congratulations to our First Place Winner, # 4:
Alexander County RWC, North Carolina, Bonnie Simms, president
Congratulations to our Second Place Winner, #18:
Novato RWF, California, Nancy Prince, president
The NFRW Literacy Committee wishes to thank and congratulate all who participated!
Full recap of 2013 Literacy Month Program [PDF, 1 page]
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." Frederick Douglass
This is a quote that is at the heart of the NFRW Literacy Committee's mission. We know freedom is precious. We ensure freedom for the next generation when we teach them to read and write, giving them the tools to develop political literacy. We ensure freedom when we give them the tools for economic literacy.
Our literacy outreach in our communities is noted each September as part of the Barbara Bush Literacy Program. The NFRW recognizes clubs that document their work to promote literacy.
The NFRW Literacy Committee offers a way to engage the wider community in support of literacy. We are offering a proclamation that can be used by a local or state official to declare September 2012 as Literacy Month. It is a template that can be implemented in a request to an official to make an official proclamation on behalf of a club in support of literacy awareness.
We encourage each club to work with their local leaders to make a proclamation that announces we are in favor of a literate and free citizenry.
Literacy Month Proclamation Template [PDF, 1 page]
Project Ideas from the Barbara Bush Foundation
The NFRW Literacy Committee has found a partner in our mission to promote literacy and make a difference in our country. The Barbara Bush Foundation and the NFRW are teaming up to strengthen literacy outreach. The Literacy Committee is excited to provide NFRW clubs with additional literacy programs that are supported by the Barbara Bush Foundation. Clubs are invited to explore the list and consider adopting and/or supporting one of these programs as part of their work for the NFRW Barbara Bush Literacy Program celebrated in September.
Barbara Bush Foundation, 2012-2013 Funded Grant Programs [PDF, 14 pages]
Thank You Letter From Barbara Bush [PDF, 1 page]
Other Project Ideas
Invite an author to come to a school to talk to students about the writing process, reading, storytelling. Create a program to bring authors to schools on a regular basis.
Check in with the Library of Congress and hold a local version of one of their planned programs/events.
Interview a school librarian and find out where there are deficiencies in the library—historical, reference, biographies, historical fiction, etc. Then fundraise to meet those needs.
Read sections, introductions, excerpts of books from the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project list, classic books, cultural literacy books to children to pique their interest. Have books to donate to the school or classroom.
Books and Badges
Reading is Fundamental
Books for Ownership
Family of Readers
Start a small library in a small town.
Read Out Loud Story Time Club
Little Red Bookshelf in family court—books free to children waiting with parents to resolve family legal issues.
Patriotic fifth grade writing challenge—20 word essay: What it means to be patriotic. First prize: pizza party for the class and $100 certificate from OfficeMax to teacher.
Large print Reader’s Digest magazines to senior citizens centers, Reader’s Digest novels, Braille books
Club assists classrooms/school in Young Author’s Fairs by making mat board books for students to use to write their own books.
Magazine subscriptions to senior living centers
One Book: Encourage a class, grade level, group of children, group of adults to read a book and then visit or gather together for a discussion.
Recognize outstanding teachers.
Tutor in after-school reading program.
United Through Reading: Deployed military parents are videotaped reading a book aloud privately for their children; the tape is mailed back to the parent and child along with the book so the child can read the book with the deployed parent. The child is videotaped or photographed reading with the tape, which is sent back to the deployed parent. Also works for grandparents and families with a member who is incarcerated.
Themed book basket auction
Give cash donation to literacy groups.
Donate a subscription to News for You to a school, shelter, after-school program.
Hold a book drive to distribute to local literacy programs, childcare centers, prisons, shelters, etc.
Conduct GED testing at jails, prisons, etc.
Give a book to each baby born in your community. For larger cities, pick a doctor and volunteer to provide books during a special week.