Mrs. Laura Bush Addresses Freedom and Literacy at Grace College
Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush shared her remarks on freedom and literacy before a sold-out crowd of 2,600 people at the Orthopaedic Capital Center on the Grace College & Seminary campus in Winona Lake, Ind., on October 6. The event was sponsored by Grace College and The Remnant Trust.
Prior to the event, Mrs. Bush took a photo with a select group of 6th graders from four area elementary schools, (Jefferson, Madison, Leesburg and Claypool) who had completed an all-day “Freedom Study” workshop.
Mrs. Bush expressed her beliefs about freedom and literacy while sharing recollections from her years in the White House and beyond. She pinpointed reading and literacy as “one of the guiding passions” of her life. “I believe that every child in America should learn to read…literacy is an essential foundation for democracy,” said Mrs. Bush. “Books have the power to shape our journey as a nation,” she continued.
After her remarks, Mrs. Bush participated in a question and answer session with Dr. John Boal, Chief of Advancement for Grace College. During the session, Mrs. Bush advised college students and job seekers to “read widely” and to try to determine the ways they can be most helpful and constructive in life. Mrs. Bush concluded the question and answer session by thanking the Warsaw community at large for their warm welcome.
Grace College & Seminary President Dr. Manahan stated “The former First Lady did an excellent job of highlighting the issues important to us if we are to raise up another generation of great Americans. It was a pleasure to hear Mrs. Bush speak so eloquently and passionately about issues that are on many of our hearts today. The sold-out audience is a testament to this area’s commitment to education and opportunities for each of its citizens.”
Mrs. Laura Bush is actively involved in issues of national and global concern, with a particular emphasis on education, health care and human rights. She has investigated and showcased successful programs for early childhood education, at-risk youth, global literacy, and preservation of our national parks and our country’s national treasures. And through her travels to more than seventy-six countries, including historic trips to Afghanistan, Mrs. Bush has helped launch groundbreaking educational and healthcare programs for women.