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Schoolgirl Tells of Barbara Bush's Remarkable Reading Moxie

(Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live")

By    |   Wednesday, 18 April 2018 05:13 PM

A high school girl who participated in a reading initiative sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy says the former first lady who died Tuesday night was a patient and kind mentor who helped kids develop a lifetime love of reading.

"I remember Mrs. Bush being so kind and polite and patient and encouraging with me about reading out loud to her," Hope Sargent told hosts Miranda Khan and John Cardillo on Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live."

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In 2007, at the age of 6, Hope flew to the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, to participate in a reading initiative hosted by Mrs. Bush, the wife of President George H.W. Bush and mother of President George W. Bush.

Mrs. Bush, who was 81 at the time, picked out "Miss Rumphius" – a children's classic by Barbara Cooney about a woman who scatters lupine seeds along the coast of Maine – for Hope to read.

"She was so comforting," Hope recalled. "It was just as if I were reading to my grandmother. Being part of a campaign to encourage reading at such a young age actually inspired me to promote literacy in my own community."

Hope said now she volunteers at her local library to help others read and is totally in love with reading herself, thanks to Mrs. Bush.

Barbara Bush began the non-profit organization, based in Florida, in 1989, to improve literacy in the United States through programs directed toward children and their parents.

It was partially funded through the proceeds of her book "Millie's Book," which was credited to the Bushes' dog Millie but ghostwritten by Mrs. Bush, and which rose to No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller nonfiction list.

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A high school girl tells Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live" that former first lady Barbara Bush was a patient and kind mentor who helped kids develop a lifetime love of reading.
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