The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy today announces a national letter writing contest, highlighting the beneficial connection between reading and writing abilities.

The “Devotedly, Dad” contest is open to America’s dads and granddads to encourage a love of literacy in their own families. Two winners from each state will be selected and receive a copy of All the Best, My Life in Letters and Other Writings, personally signed by President George H.W. Bush, plus a pair of his favorite and fun First Family socks.

“The art of letter writing certainly hasn’t been lost on my dad. For decades, he has been a prolific writer, penning notes, letters and emails to his colleagues, friends and family,” said Jeb Bush, Foundation co-chair. “Of course, the personal letters written to my brothers, sister and me happen to be my favorite…always signed…Devotedly, Dad”

Be sure to view the letter contest video from Jeb Bush here.

The contest coincides with the release of President George H.W. Bush ’s new edition of All the Best, My Life in Letters and Other Writings, which includes 100 additional pages of photos, diary entries and letters.

Contest Rules:
• Original letters (maximum word count 800) should be written by fathers or grandfathers to a child or grandchild of any age. Write from the heart, head or funny bone about the importance of literacy and learning – simply sign it “Devotedly, Dad”
• Submit letter online here. They’re looking for letters from across America; they’ll randomly select two letters per state.
• Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., April 12, 2013
• Winners will be notified through email. Select letters will be posted on Father’s Day, June 16, 2013 at

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy was established in 1989 by former First Lady Barbara Bush. The Foundation supports the growth of family literacy programs across the country, having invested more than $50 million across all 50 states. As a public charity committed to 100% literacy, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of programs that allow parents and children to learn together. For more information about family literacy visit the Foundation’s web site at

Source: PR Newswire

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