GWBPLM VisitMonday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Metroplex visited the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Library staff led tours specifically designed for members ages 8 – 12 and 13 – 18. Topics included presidential history, governmental process and a unique look at the special exhibit Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime.

The tour was part of a summer learning loss program and included members from Collin, Dallas and Tarrant County. ESPN Corporate Citizenship generously sponsored the visit.

At the conclusion of the visit, attendees received Peace Cords. Peace Cords are bracelets made of parachute cord and military uniform buttons and are hand woven by women in Afghanistan. The Peace Cord organization donates its proceeds to programs that empower Afghan women and supports projects carried out by U.S. troops that directly benefit the Afghan people. Supporting women in Afghanistan is an important initiative for the George W. Bush Institute.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas President & CEO Charles English emphasized, “This is an outstanding opportunity for our members to learn more about our national history, and we are thankful for their generosity.”

Research shows that all youth could face learning loss when they are not actively engaged in educational activities. It is estimated that low-income students lose reading comprehension skills during the summer while middle-class peers experience modest improvement. Boys & Girls Clubs aims to bridge that gap for members by collaborating with organizations such as the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Interactive museum exhibits including artifacts and administration documents will provide attendees the chance to sharpen their reading comprehension skills and expand their vocabulary.