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.