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Barbara Bush Celebrates 90th Birthday By Promoting Literacy

The former first lady's family members, including son Jeb Bush, will be in Maine to celebrate.



    TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager joins NBC 5 live from Maine to discuss former first lady Barbara Bush's 90th birthday. (Published Monday, June 8, 2015)

    Former first lady Barbara Bush is promoting literacy on her 90th birthday.

    Her foundation and Dollar General are partnering with X Prize for a $7 million global competition to create an app to boost adult literacy skills.

    Bush said Monday that parents' literacy level is a "significant predictor of their child's future educational success, influencing generations to follow."

    The original X Prize was awarded 11 years ago for privately funded, suborbital flight. Since then, there have been other X Prize competitions aimed at spurring innovation.

    Barbara Bush celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by her family, as shown in this photo released by the office of President George H.W. Bush.
    Photo credit: Office of George Bush

    Family members including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are in Kennebunkport for her birthday. A gala was planned for Monday evening with special guests Amy Grant, Reba McEntire and Michael W. Smith.