Former First Lady Barbara Bush: An Honorary Mainer
Former First Lady Barbara Bush may not have been born in Maine, but she left a lasting legacy in the Pine State. The Bushes made a huge impact on the state of Maine. She and her husband, former President George Bush H.W. Bush, were more than just summertime residents of Kennebunkport, according to WMTW. Our news partner says she was a "dedicated member of the community, who left a lasting legacy." For one, the children's hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, which opened in 1995, was named after her. The Barbara Bush Children's hospital has made its mark in saving the lives of many children whose parents bring them to Maine from all over the U.S., as you can read in the comments on their Facebook page.
Another thing Barbara Bush did for Maine was promote reading through her Foundation for Family Literacy and Maine Family Literacy Initiative.
Mrs. Bush had this to say about literacy:
”The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don't give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren't giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.“
In addition to her literacy foundation, WMTW says Bush was responsible for raising millions of dollars for various worthy causes throughout southern Maine.