BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - On Friday, southwest Florida raised money to support literacy at the 13th Annual Celebration of Reading. The Bush family and a host of big-name speakers, including TV host Bill O'Reilly gathered at the Coconut Pointe Hyatt Resort, sharing their mission to bring 100% literacy to the country.
Former Florida Governor Jeb bush and his sister Doro Bush Koch are the new co-chairs of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Jeb Bush said right now, 33 million adults in the U.S. don't read any better than the fifth grade level.
Doro and Former First Lady Barbara Bush has some advice for local parents and children. "If you're a mom, read aloud to your children, and if you're a child, read aloud to your parents," Doro Bush Koch said.
"Reading allows you to put your arms around your child and read to them. And there's just nothing nicer. I used to read to you... Zelda the Zebra," Barbara Bush said, looking up at her son, Jeb.
Friday's event raised $2.6 million dollars.