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AmeriCorps Joins The Bush Foundation To Combat The ‘Literacy Crisis’

AmeriCorps pledges money and volunteers to put the Bush literacy plan in action.

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Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer of the group that oversees AmeriCorps volunteers, pledged $300,000 over three years to “put boots on the ground” and fund 15 volunteers in Houston to help put the Bush literacy plan in action.

In Houston there are some serious reading challenges.

One in five grown-ups is functionally illiterate and 24 percent of third graders are failing the state reading exam.

To try and solve those problems, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation released a new plan this week. And it’s getting help from the national volunteer program known as AmeriCorps.

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The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is launching a plan to combat Houston’s reading challenges, along with local school districts and other community partners.

Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer of the group that oversees AmeriCorps volunteers, wants “to help by putting boots on the ground” and “contribute $300,000 to support a team of AmeriCorps VISTAS over the next three years.”

The goal, Spencer believes, “will help build the capacity to implement the strategies that are identified in the blueprint” to improve literacy. 

Spencer says that money will fund fifteen volunteers over three years. To hear more about the new plan to improve literacy in Houston listen to Julie Baker Finck, president of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, conversation with education reporter Laura Isensee.

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