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Bush School Students Commemorate Mrs. Bush’s Legacy

May 07, 2018

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Barbara Bush had an impact on everyone she met, and that includes students at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Now a group of students at the School is raising funds to be contributed to those causes the former First Lady championed: education and literacy.

Rebecca Leppert a second-year student at the Bush School is leading the fundraising effort. “First Lady Barbara Bush was an inspiration for all Americans. A group of us here at the School want to help support those organizations Mrs. Bush cared deeply about, so we have created a commemorative t-shirt in her honor. The shirt is adorned with the First Lady’s famous pearls and the quote:

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people—your family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.” – Barbara Bush

The students feel a real sense of commitment to Mrs. Bush because she had such a direct impact on students, both at the Bush School and elsewhere.

“We are passionate about carrying on her legacy. With such a warm spirit and caring heart, the work of Barbara Bush should never be forgotten,” Leppert said.

Sara Porterfield gave just one example of Mrs. Bush’s openness and rapport with students. “Mrs. Bush saw us playing horseshoes near the pond and made it a point to meet us all,” Porterfield said. “She was so kind and showed me she really cared about the students at the Bush School.”

The campaign’s goal is to raise $5,000 by May 28th to donate to the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation and the Barbara Pierce Bush Scholarship Fund at the Bush School. The scholarship will be awarded to incoming Bush School students when it is fully funded. The t-shirts are $20 and come in both women’s and men’s sizes. To order shirts, follow the links below, which will connect to the Fireteam Apparel website, an organization owned by a Bush School alumnus, Jeremy Williams, who is also a veteran.