Iconic art installation in The George hotel dedicated to First Lady of Literacy

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In the lobby of The George, a hotel named for great Georges in Texas history and located just three miles from George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall Texas flag made from 10,000 old books was dedicated to beloved former First Lady Barbara Bush. The book wall has become the most-photographed spot in Century Square.

At the Texas Book Wall dedication, Neil and Maria Bush, co-founders of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, and Brad and Claudia Freels, co-founders of Midway Foundation, unveiled a plaque engraved with the Barbara Bush quote, “My wish is for every parent and child to experience the joy of reading and a lifetime of learning.”

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“Barbara Bush left a legacy of selfless community service that humbles and inspires us,” said Brad Freels, Chairman, Midway and the co-founder of Midway Foundation with his wife Claudia Freels. “We hope to encourage others to follow the Bush family’s example by giving of their time and/or money to literacy causes, helping people to broaden their perspective and reach their full potential.”

During the event, the Midway Foundation also kicked off “Round Up for Reading.” The ongoing fundraising program, Round Up for Reading is a convenient, easy way for hotel patrons to help advance the literacy legacy of Barbara Bush by rounding up their hotel bill or making a donation of any amount. Contributions benefit the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.

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Midway Foundation, the charitable organization of Midway, developer of Century Square and partner with Valencia Group in The George hotel, also kicked off “Round Up for Reading.” The ongoing fundraising program, Round Up for Reading is a convenient, easy way for hotel guests, visitors and the community to advance the literary legacy of Barbara Bush and the Bush family by making a donation in any amount when they visit The George.

“Barbara Bush left a legacy of selfless community service that humbles and inspires us,” said Brad Freels, Chairman, Midway and the co-founder of Midway Foundation with his wife Claudia Freels. “We hope to encourage others to follow the Bush family’s example by giving of their time and/or money to literacy causes, helping people to broaden their perspective and reach their full potential.”

From now on, The Texas Book Wall, a popular art installation and social media selfie spot, will educate visitors and hotel guests at The George at Century Square about the impact of low literacy and ways to support local literacy causes. The Round Up for Reading program will directly benefit the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.