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Laura Bush to Visit Blackshear Elementary School

Former First Lady to announce recipients of school library grants

On Monday, Laura Bush will visit Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy to announce the 2015 grants from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Six schools in Austin ISD will receive grants up to $7,000 each, as part of more than $820,000 in grants being awarded to 123 schools in 35 states.

AISD recipients include: Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy, Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center, Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Center, Reilly Elementary School, Palm Elementary School and Travis High School.

What: School visit by Former First Lady Laura Bush

When: 11 a.m. Monday, May 18

Where: Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy, 1712 E. 11th St.

In January, Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy was the only Central Texas school to be nominated as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The school received the nomination for demonstrating overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.


Media Credentials: Media must receive appropriate credentials to cover the event. Media should submit a credential request at by 5 p.m. Friday, May 15. Follow-up instructions regarding credentials will be sent to media upon receipt of credential requests. Contact: Michael Dorff, 512-584-5577