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Sports biggies return to the classroom with Neil Bush and hit the books to promote literacy

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News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Neil Bush, Maria Bush
Neil and Maria Bush share a reading moment with a young student at Walnut Bend Elementary School. Photo by Hall Puckett, © Phillips 66 Company
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Charles Alexander
Two time NFL All American Charles Alexander reading at Walnut Bend Elementary School.  Photo by Hall Puckett, © Phillips 66 Company
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Catherine Schwamback
Phillips 66 legal specialist Catherine Schwamback shares her love of reading. Hall Puckett, © Phillips 66 Company
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Jamie Allison
Phillips 66 brand director Jamie Allison on the reading team. Hall Puckett, © Phillips 66 Company
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Neil Bush, Greg Maxwell, Paula Johnson, Jamie Rootes
Neil Bush, from left, Greg Maxwell, Paula Johnson and Jamie Rootes at Walnut Bend Elementary School. Photo by Hall Puckett, © Phillips 66 Company
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Julie Baker Finck
Julie Baker Finck, president of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, joins the read-in.  Photo by Hall Puckett, © Phillips 66 Company
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Katie Hermeston
Digital media coordinator for Phillips 66 Katie Hermeston reads to a Walnut Bend Elementary student. Photo by Hall Puckett, © Phillips 66 Company
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Jonathan Rosenberg
Phillips 66's Jonathan Rosenberg. Photo by Hall Puckett, © Phillips 66 Company
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Mike Kenney
Phillips 66's Mike Kenney. Photo by Hall Puckett, © Phillips 66 Company
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Neil Bush, Maria Bush
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Charles Alexander
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Catherine Schwamback
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Jamie Allison
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Neil Bush, Greg Maxwell, Paula Johnson, Jamie Rootes
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Julie Baker Finck
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Katie Hermeston
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Jonathan Rosenberg
News, Shelby, AdvoCare reading event, August 2014, Mike Kenney

With classes now in session and National Literacy Month starting Sept. 1, what better time than now for literacy advocates to ring the school bell in promotion of reading? The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation was joined this week by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and Phillips 66 at Walnut Bend Elementary School for a high-powered read-in.

Leading the literacy effort were Maria and Neil Bush, chairman of the Houston literacy foundation; Jamey Rootes, president of both the Houston Texans and Lone Star Sports & Entertainment; Greg Maxwell, Phillips 66 executive veep and CFO; and Paula Johnson, Phillips 66 executive veep and general counsel.

The VIPs settled in with a group of second graders to emphasize the importance of literacy and share the joy of reading. Sports biggies scrunching into the pint-sized chairs were two-time All American and Heisman Trophy finalist Charles Alexander and Dan Pastorini and Don Trull, both former quarterbacks for the Houston Oilers.

School principal Michele Dahlquist hosted the event aimed at raising awareness of National Literacy Month. The reading session was sponsored by AdvoCare Texas.

The reading "coaches" included Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation president Julie Baker Finck, HISD trustee Greg Meyers plus Phillips 66 leaders including Debbie Adams, Mike Kenney, Jonathan Rosenberg, Katie Hermeston, Catherine Schwamback and Jamie Allison.

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