Published: Feb 17, 2012 11:56 PM EST
Updated: Feb 18, 2012 12:27 AM EST

ESTERO, Fla.- Former first lady Barbara Bush is in Southwest Florida, along with her son, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who's speaking now from Coconut Point.

They're speaking in front of a packed house at the Hyatt Regency for their 12th annual Celebration of Reading. The event is aimed at raising money in their efforts to combat illiteracy in the state.

The Foundation doesn't just focus on children, rather, it works on parent's educational skills, so they can become better teachers to their own kids.

Governor Jeb Bush came from a similar event, at Florida Gulf Coast University, speaking to the crowd about how education is directly linked to the quality and future of Florida's workforce.

Tonight's event at Coconut point will follow up with a charity dinner.