Points of Light

Ida Bruun

Ever since she was a little kid, Ida has been surrounded by books, stories and a loving family who read to her every night. Reading was always a fun activity to her and she only became more interested and invested in it as she learned English when she moved to America. It was expected to be difficult, but speaking English came easily to the 10-year-old Ida who had many friends to help her and many stories to be read to her before eventually reading on her own.

Ida is currently an upcoming Sophomore at the Village School and plans to work hard on going to a university in London or New York studying literature and theater. The arts, literature, and traveling are very important to her and she makes a point of it by participating in school trips, theater productions, and submitting her literary work to the high school magazine.

Ida's interest was immediately drawn to the opportunity of interning with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation as their cause resonated with her own love of literacy and reading. Her time with the Foundation has been enjoyable and eye-opening, and is an experience she will remember for a long time to come.

Jaye McAfee

Jaye McAfee sorts books with daughter Aaliyah and members of the Girl Scout troop at Books between Kids.

Jaye McAfee sorts books with daughter Aaliyah and members of the Girl Scout troop at Books between Kids.

Throughout the year the Children's Museum of Houston circulates 13,000 Family Literacy Involvement Program ("FLIP") kits to 39 Houston Public Library branches for families to check out and use at home with their children to help build strong literacy skills. On December 21, as part of our family-friendly holiday volunteer opportunities, community members gave their time to clean and restock FLIP Kits for circulation around our community. It was here that we first met Jaye McAfee and her daughter Aaliyah.

One week later, Jaye and her daughter volunteered again at the Books Between Kids warehouse, this time joined by members of Aaliyah's Girl Scout troop Victoria Jackson, Allison Shackelford, and Abigail Shackelford. Here they helped inventory, sort, and box children's books to be distributed to low income HISD Elementary schools. When asked what brought her and the girls out to volunteer this holiday season, Jaye stated, "My girls have been blessed with so much. I want them to know that it's important to always give back and help others that are not as fortunate."

We are grateful to members of the McAfee family and their friends for giving of their time in service to others and encourage you to do so in 2017 by signing up and serving through Connect4Literacy.org.

Roshan Patel

Roshan Patel

Growing up in a little 40 family village in India, Roshan Patel was one of six children who had the privilege of attending boarding school for 12 years to receive an exceptional education. Roshan’s parents chose to spend their hard earned money on their son’s education by paying for him to attend such a prestigious school. “After I finished seventh grade in boarding school in India, my parents decided to move our family to the United States so my brother and I could receive a better education and have a brighter future,” Roshan said.  

Nancy Perez

Nancy Perez

Nancy Perez is a first-generation college student currently attending California State University and about to enter her senior year. During her time at CSU, Nancy has worked for Phillips 66 in their Communication and Public Affairs Department and is currently interning for the company in Texas for a year to gain extra training and skills. “I feel as though Phillips 66 truly cares about me because they are investing time and money. I feel that they believe in me,” Nancy states.

Jimmy Greenwood

Jimmy Greenwood

Jimmy Greenwood, a native Houstonian, has always had a passion for community service. He feels very passionate about making a difference in the lives of young children and for them to have the same opportunities that he had as a child. Jimmy says, “I had a very blessed childhood due to my supportive parents. Every child deserves to have someone encouraging them to learn along the way.”