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ConocoPhillips Fuels Literacy with Special Gift

A valued partner since our inception, ConocoPhillips recently made a special gift to the Foundation of $50,000 in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush’s lifelong commitment to literacy. The gift will kickstart the implementation of the Foundation’s new strategic plan that will be unveiled in September during National Literacy Awareness Month.

“We are grateful to ConocoPhillips for their investment in our strategic efforts to increase childhood literacy rates in our city,” said Dr. Julie Finck, Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation President. “Mrs. Bush believed that the path to achieve the American Dream began with reading. This gift will help more children get a great start on a path towards a brighter future and better life.”

As a role model for other corporations in Houston, ConocoPhillips has not only invested financial resources in the literacy cause, but also human capital through volunteerism. From Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ryan Lance to members of the New Hire Network, ConocoPhillips has played an active and valuable role in the Foundation’s success the past five years. ConocoPhillips’ focus on ensuring children have access to a high-quality education and strong literacy skills makes the organization an ideal partner in our mission of improving lives through the power of literacy.

Stone Acorn Builders Southern Living Showcase Home

Stone Acorn Builders, in partnership with Southern Living, will host the “Beyond the Storm” Showcase Home Event in conjunction with National Literacy Awareness Month. The showcase home will be open for public tours September 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30 from 10am to 5pm at 3758 Drummond in Braes Heights. Planned activities include chef, gardening and interior design demonstrations and pop-up story times, along with a tour of the 6,000 square-foot, custom-designed and decorated home. Tickets will be available at the door for $15, and all proceeds will benefit the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.

We are also seeking volunteers to support the Showcase Home event. Volunteers shifts are two hours in duration and held all six days of the event. Duties may include handing out programs, greeting attendees, serving as a docent for a designated location in the home, or playing another important role.

Join Our Team

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The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is a great place to work while making a meaningful impact in the lives of others through the power of literacy. We currently have four opportunities to join our team as either an AmeriCorps VISTA or a full-time staff member. To learn more, apply or share with others, visit https://www.bushhoustonliteracy.org/careers/

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation: Program Coordinator

OneStar: Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Curriculum VISTA*

OneStar: Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Operations VISTA*

OneStar:Barbara Bush Houston Literacy School Program VISTA*

*AmeriCorps VISTA service term: July '18 - July '19

Curiosity Continues to Cruise

The Curiosity Cruiser launched its full-time commitment to 100 stops this summer, spanning across Harris County from Hockley, Crosby, Pasadena, to right her around Houston. The Harris County Public Library team partnered with seven low income housing apartments to offer educational programs, book check-out, and the love of reading through story time and book giveaways. The educational programs are integrated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and provide children a fun way to be engaged and encourage reading this summer. As an incentive to return each week, children ages 4 – 18 select one book in the first week and return the next week, to choose two books; third week = three books, and so on.  Children who attend all 10 weeks will have acquired 55 books for their own home library!

During the week, the Cruiser sees approximately 75 children within the apartment visits alone. The second set of stops include events at local libraries, community centers, and churches, where children meet the mascots, choose a book to take home, and participate in a STEM activity. In addition, the Cruiser will attend a total of five "Back to School" events, giving away books in Aldine and Downtown Houston. With the total 100 stops the Curiosity Cruiser program will be able to hand out 6,000 books this summer in the Houston area! 

2018 Camp Adventure!

This summer we partnered with the best of the best

To provide kids an experience unlike the rest.

Learning and fun all wrapped into one.

Camp Adventure! was no less than a giant home run!

At the end of two weeks, we sadly said goodbye.

To our incredible, amazing 150 alumni!

Check out our slideshow and you will see

Evidence of why Barbara Bush’s life’s passion was literacy:

Bidding Farewell to our AmeriCorps VISTA Members

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In partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service and the OneStar Foundation, an incredible team of AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members joined the Foundation this past year. The federal AmeriCorps VISTA program is designed to address pressing challenges in our country, such as low literacy and poverty. Our team of five AmeriCorps VISTA members invested their time, talent, and passion to implement strategic initiatives like My Home Library, Camp Adventure! and the Curiosity Cruiser. We are forever indebted to them for acting as catalysts for change and advancing our important mission in the community. We thank them for their service and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.  

TACOS & TEQUILA

Our Young Professionals Group hosted a festive “Tacos and Tequila” networking event at the popular Tex-Mex restaurant Armandos featuring Pura Vida Spirits tequila. Stewart and Kaitlyn Skloss, founders of Pura Vida Spirits, were on hand to educate members on tequila and provide margaritas and tastings from their line of three tequilas: silver, añejo, and reposada. Our YPG sure knows how to have a good time and do good in the community!

2018 Camp Adventure! begins

We are pleased to once again join the Children’s Museum of Houston, HISD and Houston Area Urban League to host Camp Adventure! for 400 under-served children in Houston’s Fifth Ward and Sunnyside communities. Sponsored by Phillips 66, PwC, Target, Marathon Oil, EOG Resources and JP Morgan, this summer learning camp is a free, two-week experience featuring dance and performance classes from Theater Under the Stars, music classes from the Houston Symphony, cooking classes by the Houston Food Bank, recreation and play by the American Heart Association and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) interactive activities by the Children’s Museum of Houston. Every lesson embeds reading and is led by a certified teacher.

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Each child will take home a home library of approximately 15 new books and visit a Pop-Up Target Store to shop for school supplies, games, toys and more books.

“I am truly excited Codwell Elementary School was chosen as a camp site for the Summer 2018. This experience not only brings back fond memories for me of camp as a child, it will have a lasting impact on the students and community,” Kristy Love, Codwell Elementary School’s principal. “Our students will be able to experience what many see as a luxury right in their backyard. Thank you to the Barbara Bush Foundation, the Children’s Museum, Houston Area Urban League, Target and all of the other partners.” Click below to volunteer at Camp Adventure! and make a difference in a child’s life! To sign up a team, please contact Olivia Lewis or Marina Khalid at 346-212-2310.

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