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Elementary and Primary Education
Lamar Consolidated Independent School District
News Release
Monday, November 14, 2011

Lamar CISD's Project L.E.A.R.N. highlighted by Bush Foundation


Lamar CISD's Project L.E.A.R.N. (Let's Eliminate At-Risk Needs) is featured in a new brochure from The Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy. Project L.E.A.R.N. is highlighted as a Profile in Success and as a 2011 Grant Recipient that "changes lives."


Parents in Project L.E.A.R.N. are able to increase their literacy levels and learn how to become involved in their children's education. At the same time, their children receive homework assistance, tutoring or developmental child care.


"With a clear understanding of their role, parents then bring the reading experience back to their home with confidence," the brochure reads. "Home instructors check in monthly with Project L.E.A.R.N. families, and reading skills are taught and refined throughout the school year."


Project L.E.A.R.N. has earned three consecutive $50,000 implementation grants from the First Lady's Family Literacy Initiative for Texas, which is part of the Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy. Launched in 1996 by Laura Bush, the Initiative has awarded nearly $4.4 million to create or expand 159 family literacy programs in Texas.


The grants are administered by The Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning at Texas A&M University.


"It is obvious that Project L.E.A.R.N. is one of the best family literacy programs in the state," said Harriet Vardiman Smith, director of the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning. "When we were looking for a success to highlight, they were the obvious choice."


Smith said the brochure will be used as marketing piece for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and to raise awareness of the work being done in literacy.


Photo: Paula Bauer, Project L.E.A.R.N. coordinator, holds up a copy of the new pamphlet from the Barbara Bush Foundation, which highlights Project L.E.A.R.N. as an example of a successful family literacy program.

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