2018 Champion of Children Award Honoree

Barbara Bush

Former First Lady of the United States of America

Thursday, February 22, 2018 | Special Lunchtime Presentation

“The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.”

Mrs. Barbara Bush
Former First Lady, United States of America

Foundations’ prestigious Champion of Children Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding commitment to helping our nation’s most vulnerable children and their families achieve brighter futures through quality education. The Champion of Children Search Committee selected Mrs. Bush as the 2018 honoree without hesitation, given her years of experience in education, her contributions as the former First Lady of our country, and her profound influence on literacy. We thank Mrs. Bush for her commitment to literacy and the children and families of our country. She is, without a doubt, an extraordinary role model and mentor.

More than 25 years ago, Mrs. Bush founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Then First Lady, she started the nonprofit with a goal to empower families through literacy. Driven by her passion for reading, Mrs. Bush stated that if more people could read or write, “…we could be much closer to solving so many other problems that our country faces.” She recognized that providing access to literacy programs was essential to helping parents and children have an equal chance to succeed in life. Her work now helps to improve the lives of many families across the nation and continues to inspire the next generation of learners.

Accepting the Champion of Children Award on behalf of Mrs. Bush:

John Ellis (Jeb) Bush, Jr.

Member, Board of Directors
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

John Ellis (Jeb) Bush, Jr. is the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba. Joining the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2016, Jeb’s involvement marks the third generation of Bush family members to provide leadership to advance Barbara Bush’s mission of making literacy a core value in every home in America. With Jeb’s guidance, the Foundation continues to realize its vision of fostering the opportunity for every man, woman and child to secure a better life through literacy.

Liza McFadden

President and CEO
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Liza McFadden is committed to expanding the conversation about educational inequities as the primary driver of income inequality. A firm believer in the power of two-generation (2Gen) programs for parents and their children, Liza is proud of the more than 200 donor-supported family literacy programs funded by the Barbara Bush Foundation in some of America’s neediest communities.

To learn more about the commitment of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to promote family literacy in homes across America, please visit www.barbarabush.org or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter (@BarbaraBushFdn).