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Barbara Bush Promotes Literacy on 90th Birthday

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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.

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.

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.

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