Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Ponies Up for Literacy

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ doesn’t clown around when it comes to giving back to the community. In fact, since the Show began in 1932, more than $475 million has been awarded in college scholarships, youth exhibitor awards, graduate assistantships and educational program grants. They also round up a stampede of more than 34,000 cowboys and cowgirls who volunteer their time and talent year-round in making the Rodeo one of the largest events in the nation. They are true points of light in the community, valuing volunteerism and service to others and making investments in the future prosperity of youth and our community.


Our hats are off to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for awarding the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation a $100,000 grant to enable us to expand volunteer-based reading programs in HISD schools and help us corral more Houstonians to serve as reading mentors through our volunteer platform, called Connect4Literacy.org. This generous gift is on the spurs of a three-year, $300,000 grant to expand volunteer engagement in Read Houston Read, My Home Library, and our two auxiliary groups – Ladies for Literacy Guild and Young Professionals Group—as well as underwrite access to and support for Connect4Literacy.org for literacy partners across our city. Because of their support, we are creating a literacy movement across our city, and thousands are stepping forward to give of their time and talent.

Next time you don your hat and boots and head off to watch the Rodeo, enjoy the exhibits or sink your teeth into that deep-fried Oreo™ at the carnival, you can feel guilt-free knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of Texans.