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Thorndike, ME -

BIDDEFORD, Maine – Mrs. Barbara Bush announced today that the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s Maine Family Literacy Initiative (MEFLI) (www.mainefamilyliteracy.com) has awarded $25,000 Lighthouse Model Program Grant to the SPICE Family Literacy Program. Pat Hughes proudly accepted the award from Mrs. Bush at a ceremony held at the J. Richard Martin Community Center in Biddeford, on June 15, 2011. The grant will be used in the RSU #3 Students and Parents in Cooperative Education (SPICE) Family Literacy Program to continue offering education services to a large rural region. Today that virtual school is helping families reach their educational goals and overcoming the issues of rural isolation.

A total of ten grants of $25, 000 were awarded this year from applications submitted by libraries, adult education and public schools across the state. Programs receiving support provide family literacy services including adult and early childhood instruction, and time for parents and children to read together. An additional two planning grants of $5,000 each will help communities develop the partnerships and resources needed to implement a family literacy program in 2011.
Founded by Barbara Bush in 1989, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy supports the development and expansion of family literacy programs — in settings where parents and children read and learn together — across the United States. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations, correctional institutions, homeless shelters, schools and school districts, libraries and community- and faith-based agencies. As of June 2011, the Foundation has awarded over $40 million to 902 family literacy programs in 50 states including the nation’s capital. In addition to its national program, the Foundation supports the work of 4 statewide initiatives in Maine, Texas, Maryland and Florida. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is a fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, DC. To learn more, visit www.barbarabushfoundation.com.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Becky Dyer, Director

Telephone Number: (207)441-9965


Email: becky@mainefamilyliteracy.com