Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation host camp for underserved kids

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation has teamed up Phillips 66, the Houston Area Urban League, Target, the Houston Symphony and the Children’s Museum of Houston to host the 2017 Camp Adventure! summer learning program. The two FREE, two-week programs will provide 800 disadvantaged elementary students the opportunity to enjoy summer camp and continue learning throughout the summer months.  Children grades kindergarten through 5 will enjoy an array ofinteractive activities in reading, financial literacy, STEM and the arts, including engineering miniature rollercoasters, dissecting owl pellets, “petting” Symphonic instruments, learning how to save and invest money, and earning Camp Adventure! bucks to spend in a Target Pop-Up Store. These interactive summer camps will take place July 10 – 21 at Atherton Elementary and July 24 – August 4 at Benbrook Elementary.

“Not only is summer a time for children to have fun, but it is also an important time for them to continue to read and learn,” said Dr. Julie Baker Finck, President of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.  “It is critical to make summer count.  That is why we are working hard with our partner organizations to ensure that more children have access to high-quality summer learning programs and books in their home through Camp Adventure!”

Corporate partners PricewaterhouseCoopers, Target, Schlumberger, JP Morgan Chase, and Phillips 66 have co-designed the curriculum with nonprofit partners, providing volunteers to serve as instructors and mentors, and offering other resources to ensure that children have a fun and engaging experience this summer.  Additional companies have committed teams of volunteers, including Cheniere Energy, Deloitte, EOG Resources, KPMG, Marathon Oil, Bank of Texas, and Reliant.

Summer Camp Partners and Activities Include:

Houston Area Urban League:  Houston Area Urban League serves as Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s primary partner for Camp Adventure!, leading the design of the curriculum and managing the camps.

Phillips 66: Phillips 66 is the lead financial supporter of Camp Adventure! making it possible for every child to participate for FREE. Phillips 66 volunteers will facilitate United Way Summer Book Clubs.  An activity which helps to address Summer Learning Loss, campers participating in Book Club will read up to two books and discuss with an adult leader.

Houston Independent School District (HISD):  Two elementary schools within HISD’s district – Atherton and Bastian Elementary Schools will serve as the host sites for Camp Adventure’s two two-week long summer camps.  Located in Houston’s Fifth Ward (Atherton) and Sunnyside (Bastian) communities, the District, along with the support of each schools’ principals have been instrumental in promoting the free camp throughout the entire district network of elementary schools.

Children’s Museum of Houston: The Children’s Museum of Houston will provide STEM curriculum and activities as well as facilitate trainings for participating volunteers.

Houston Symphony: The Houston Symphony will provide Community Embedded Musicians (CEMs) to support the camps and will enhance learning in our youngest campers grades kindergarten through 2 with a focus on rhythm perception and auditory working memory.

Target:  The Target team will transform a classroom to build a pop-up Target pop-up store.  Creating an environment of a typical neighborhood retail Target, store the pop-up version will be complete with exclusive Target items, cash registers to take Camp Adventure! bucks, and Target employees.  During Camp Adventure!, students will also be paid a visit from Bullseye – Target’s pup mascot. In addition, Target donated $10,000 in supplies for the camps.

PricewaterhouseCoopers: PwC will compose the Camp Adventure! curriculum schedule and recreation activities, as well as secure guests for general assemblies during Camp Adventure!  In partnership with JPMorgan Chase, PwC will develop financial literacy curriculum and activities.  PwC will also donate books for children participating in the camps.

JPMorgan Chase: The JPMorgan Chase team designed the artwork for the Camp Adventure! flyer, registration materials and parent packets.  In partnership with PwC, JPMorgan Chase, will also offer financial literacy sessions to students at each camp.  Students who earn Camp Adventure! bucks will be able to cash in their funds at a JPMorgan Chase pop-up bank, make a donation to charity and then shop in the Target pop-up store to ‘purchase’ books and other items.

Marathon Oil: Marathon Oil boasts over 100 employees participating as Camp Adventure! volunteers over the course of the two two-week long camps and will offer their San Felipe office location as a host venue for volunteer training sessions. Marathon Oil also donated $8,000 to purchase books that will help build home libraries for children attending the camp.

Schlumberger: Schlumberger will contribute to the camp curriculum offering STEM sessions to campers.  Additionally, Schlumberger will plan snacks for campers related to the STEM sessions offered and give away books during their engineering exhibit.

About the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, co-chaired by Neil and Maria Bush, was established as a charitable organization focused on improving the quality of life for Houston residents through the power of literacy. The Foundation advocates for literacy as a fundamental right of everyone and a foundational skill towards success in life. It is founded on the belief held by Barbara Bush, former First Lady, “If you help a person to read, then their opportunities in life will be endless.” In 2013, the Bush Family created the Houston-based foundation separate from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a national foundation, in response to the need to deepen the awareness of and intensify services and support for the nation’s fourth largest and most diverse city – Houston. For more information, visitwww.bushhoustonliteracy.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bushhoustonliteracy  on Twitter @bushhoustonlit and on Instagram @bushhoustonlit.