'Read books more than you watch TV,' Laura Bush tells Dallas students



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Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 7 at 1:02 PM

DALLAS — How would you like to look to the front of your classroom and see the former first lady?

That was the thrill for students at Nancy Cochran Elementary in Dallas this morning when Laura Bush took part in a special event.

She came to teach and to read to students. Her message to them: Read books more than you watch TV.

Bush was once a teacher in Dallas.

She chose to read a book she and her daughter wrote which supports Teach for America — a group putting college graduates in urban and rural schools for at least a two-year commitment.

There are 94 Teach for America students in Dallas.  The aim of the program is to improve reading levels and scores.

In Dallas public schools, of every 100 students, only 14 will leave the system ready for college by state standards.

Laura Bush was visiting the classroom of Heather Holland, a Teach for America recruit. Her first-grade students are reading at a second-grade level.

The former first lady stressed that parents need to volunteer in schools and be active every step of the way.

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