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Laura Bush speaks on campus

IDS Reports | April 09, 2010

Former first lady Laura Bush spoke at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington's O'Bannon Institute on Thursday in the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall. The annual event focuses on community service and civic engagement.

Bush talked about how her life has changed after President George W. Bush left office. She said a visit to the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia provided her with one of her favorite moments about being first lady.

“I bought this after the election,” Bush said after pulling the Laura Bush bobblehead doll from behind the podium. “It was on clearance.”

Bush’s speech focused on literacy — a cause she supported in her role as first lady to President George W. Bush.

She has visited the Women’s Teacher Training Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan; convened a Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development; and supports Teach for America, The New Teacher Project and Troops to Teachers. She also launched Ready to Read, Ready to Learn; a program for early childhood development.

The O’Bannon Institute focuses on community service, service learning and civic engagement. It is named for the late Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon who helped form Indiana’s community college system.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ivy Tech Center for Civic Engagement.

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