September is National Literacy Awareness Month and also the kick-off to one of America’s greatest sports –football. It is only fitting that we partnered with Phillips 66 and Lone Star Sports and Entertainment to host a reading rally as part of the AdvoCare Texas Bowl. Gridiron Legends, including Jerry LeVias, Bob Moses, Gerald McNeil, Johnny Roland, and Wade Smith, joined Phillips 66 executives to read with children at Walnut Bend Elementary School in HISD and to provide them with books to build their home libraries.
We will hold several other special events in September to commemorate National Literacy Awareness Month, including the inaugural Power of Literacy Luncheon hosted by the Ladies for Literacy Guild of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation on September 14. This luncheon will feature keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Kuhl, internationally renowned for her research on oral language development and children’s learning processes. In addition, the Ladies for Literacy Guild will unveil a signature initiative aimed at enriching the lives of low-income children and their families across Harris County.
Also, on September 24, we will join the Houston Public Library, the City of Houston and members of our Young Professionals Group to launch Groomed for Literacy, an innovative program that will provide books and mentors to children in local barber shops.
Photos courtesy of Phillips 66.