Barbara Bush Fund Awards Disaster Recovery Grants to Texas Literacy Programs

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The Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy (BBTFFL), working with the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL) at Texas A&M University, awarded nine Texas adult and family literacy programs with grants to assist in recovery from recent natural disasters affecting the state, including Hurricanes Ike and Dolly and the Rio Grande flooding.

The recent storms and flooding have turned the lives of many Texans upside-down

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The Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy (BBTFFL), working with the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL) at Texas A&M University, awarded nine Texas adult and family literacy programs with grants to assist in recovery from recent natural disasters affecting the state, including Hurricanes Ike and Dolly and the Rio Grande flooding.

"The recent storms and flooding have turned the lives of many Texans upside-down," said former first lady Barbara Bush. "Their homes, workplaces and schools, as well as the infrastructures of their communities, have been damaged or destroyed, and they must work hard to rebuild their dramatically changed lives.

"By providing important support to literacy programs, the grants will reach out to Texas families affected by the natural disasters and ensure that they can continue to learn to read, write and comprehend," she added. "Each of the programs selected has made a difference in the past, and I hope that with the help of these grants, they will continue to do so in the future."    

TCALL and the BBTFFL identified programs to receive one-time recovery grants, ranging from $8,300 to $20,000. The nine grants amount to $154,434 in total funding. These funds may be used to cover recovery-related expenses, including replacement of furnishings; equipment or instructional materials not covered by insurance; rental of temporary classroom space; outreach and recruitment expenditures to rebuild program enrollment; and temporary additional personnel costs.

Technical assistance and evaluation for the disaster recovery grant projects will be provided by TCALL under the leadership of Mary Alfred, faculty principal investigator.

Recipients of the recovery grants include the following:

  • Brazosport College's English Literacy and Civics Education Program
  • Clear Creek ISD English Literacy and Civics Program
  • The College of the Mainland Adult Education Program
  • Literacy Advance of Houston
  • Lone Star College - North Harris Adult Education
  • The Lyford Even Start Family Literacy Program
  • Pregnancy & Parenting Support Center
  • The Presidio English Literacy and Civics Education Program
  • Region 5 Education Service Center Adult Education

For more information, visit http://www-tcall.tamu.edu/docs/news/dgrant08rec.html.

Contacts:
Harriet Vardiman Smith, 800.441.7323
Kara Sutton-Jones, 979.845.1823

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