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A great first lady of education during the George W. Bush presidency

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It is once again at this time each year that the announcement of grants is made to libraries across America. Lincoln Elementary has been awarded $5,000 from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. The grant will be used to expand, update and diversify the school’s library book collections. Lincoln was one of 17 schools in Florida to receive the grant and the only school in Palm Beach County.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries recently announced that 219 school libraries are being awarded $1,095,000 in grants for 2014. The grant application process is administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region with guidance from The Laura Bush Foundation’s Advisory Committee. The grants are funded through generous donations to the endowment from individuals, corporations and foundations.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries was founded in 2002 as a fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Since its inception, the Laura Bush Foundation has awarded more than $11.5 million to schools. The mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is to support the education of our nation’s children by providing funds to update, extend and diversify the book and print collections of America’s school libraries.

As First Lady Laura Bush’s time in office complimenting her husband’s two terms as president of the United States, her noble call as an educator set her apart as having interest and concern for the educational process of all children in America through her call of humility, charm and grace. Therefore her legacy to America is one of empowering each individual with acquiring knowledge of their own. God forever bless teachers and all those that educate. Education---the eliminator of bullets and guns.

The Foundation

The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries is a component fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (CFNCR) in Washington DC. CFNCR is an IRS- approved 501(c)(3) and will provide staff, asset management, and office infrastructure. First Lady Laura Bush is the Honorary Chair of this new fund.

Grants from The Laura Bush Foundation will be made to school libraries across the country to purchase books. An advisory committee of experts in children's literature, reading, and education will design the grant application and administer the grant process. Money to fund these grants will be raised by the Leadership Council of the Laura Bush Foundation.

For grant information or to find out how to contribute to the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries, you can email us at laurabushfoundation@cfncr.org.

(See list below of other first ladies: Washington "Mother", Lincoln "Emancipator", Obama "Liberator")

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, May 2014

Martha Washington
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Martha Washington

 

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.”

Born:
Chestnut Grove Plantation, New Kent County, Virginia
1731, June 2.

Father:

John Dandridge (1701-1756), emigrated from England to Virginiain 1715 with older brother William. A planter, in 1730, he served as clerk of New Kent County.

Mother:

Frances Jones (1710-1785), born in York County, Virginia, married John Dandridge in 1730.

Ancestry:

English, Welsh, French; Martha Washington's father John Dandridge was an English immigrant. Her maternal great-grandfather Rowland Jones (died, 1688) immigrated from Oxfordshire, England to Virginia. Tradition identifies the Jones family as originating from Wales, with a Macon family that married into the Joneses being French Huguenots.

 

REF:  National First Ladies’ Libraries  (http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=1)

 

Mary Lincoln
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Mary Lincoln

 

“I do not belong to the public; my character is wholly domestic, and the public have nothing to do with it.”

Born:   
Place: Lexington, Kentucky 
Date: 1818, December 13 
  
Father:
Robert Smith Todd, merchant, lawyer, officer in the War of 1812, member, Kentucky legislature, born 1791, February 25 in Lexington, Kentucky, and died 1849, July 16 in Lexington, Kentucky. 

According to one source, Robert Todd died in Springfield, Illinois but in light of the facts that he died of cholera, which required immediate burial, and is buried in Lexington, Kentucky this claim is highly dubious.


Mother:
Eliza Ann Parker, born 1794 or 1795; She married Robert Todd 1812, November 26. She died 1825, July 6 in Lexington, Kentucky. 
  
Stepmother: After the death of Mary Lincoln's mother, her father married secondly on 1826, November 1 to Elizabeth Humphreys (1800 or earlier-1874). 
  
Ancestry:
Irish, Scottish, English; Mary Lincoln's paternal great-grandfather, David Levi Todd, was born 17..., February 8, in Longford County, Ireland and immigrated through Pennsylvania to Kentucky. Through her mother's family, her great-great grandfather Samuel McDowell was born in Scotland (county and date unknown), immigrated to and died in Pennsylvania. Other Todd ancestors came from England. 

 

REF:  National First Ladies’ Libraries  (http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=17)

Michelle Obama
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Michelle Obama

 

"Policies that support families aren't political issues. They're personal. They're the causes I carry with me every single day."

Birth:

Chicago, Illinois  17 January, 1964

*Michelle Obama is the third First Lady born in Chicago, Illinois, after Betty Ford (1918) and Hillary Clinton (1947).

Although Nancy Reagan identifies herself as a Chicagoan she was born in Flushing, Queens, New York and spent her childhood in Bethesda, Maryland. Nancy Reagan did spend her adolescent and teenage years in Chicago where she was adopted by her stepfather to whom her mother had remarried.

Mary Lincoln also identified herself as a Chicagoan in the first years of her widowhood, having assumed residency in Chicago, first in rented quarters and then in purchasing a home there. She was born in Kentucky and spent her young adult years in Springfield, Illinois.

Father:

Fraser Robinson III, born 1 August 1935, Chicago, Illinois; City of Chicago Waterworks, pump worker and Democratic Party precinct captain (volunteer); died 6 March 1991

Mother:

Marian Shields Robinson, born July 1937, Chicago, Illinois; married to Fraser Robinson, 1960 in Chicago; a stay-at-home mother while her children were young, Mrs. Robinson later worked as secretary in the offices of Spiegel Catalogue  until the 2008 presidential election

*Marian Robinson is only the third First Lady’s mother to take up official residence in the White House, following Madge Wallace and Minnie Doud, the mothers of Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower, respectively. However, Juliana Gardiner and Emma Folsom, the mothers of Julia Tyler and Frances Cleveland, respectively, also made lengthy stays which might be considered residency.

Ancestry:

African. Although Michelle Obama’s genealogy has not yet been extensively researched, it is known that at least one of her paternal great-great-grandfathers, James Robinson had been enslaved in Georgetown, South Carolina. In one speech while President Obama was campaigning, he indicated that there is also descent in his wife’s family from a European-American ancestor.

 

REF:  National First Ladies’ Libraries  (http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=45)

 

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