Recently, Binion Elementary was one of 300 schools from 44 states across the country to receive a $5,000 grant through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. This year, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries awarded $1.5 million in school library grants. 

Many of the libraries will use the funds to update and diversify their collections. 

“I am thrilled that children from 300 schools will soon have access to an updated library collection,” Mrs. Laura Bush said. “Students across the country turn to books to discover the world around them, and we know that opening a new book opens the door to new opportunities and learning.” 

Mrs. Bush revealed her 2022 summer reading list, which includes recommendations for young readers through middle schoolers as part of the Engage at the Bush Center series, presented by NexPoint. Selections feature books on adventure, humor, and discovery. 

“The books on this year’s summer reading list were selected to encourage children to keep reading over their summer break,” said Mrs. Bush. “Local libraries are a wonderful resource for our communities, and I hope children and parents will visit their local library to borrow each of the featured titles.” 

One of the 2022 Summer Reading List books was written by Giovanna McBride, the daughter of Mrs. Bush’s former chief of Staff, Anita McBride. Gigi at the White House! was published by The White House Historical Association and follows a young Giovanna as she tours the White House. Inspired by the Laura Bush Foundation, Anita McBride and her husband Tim McBride have donated copies of Gigi at the White House! to every elementary school that has received a grant since 2002. 

Grant applications for the 2022–2023 school year will open in late 2022. Visit to learn more. 

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries supports school libraries with the greatest needs with the goal of encouraging all students to develop a love of reading and learning. Since its inception in 2002, it has awarded more than $19.5 million to more than 3,300 schools across the country. 

The George W. Bush Institute’s Education and Opportunity work, which houses the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, is generously supported by The Allstate Foundation. The Laura Bush Foundation is managed as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at The Laura Bush Foundation is managed as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.  More information can be found at 


George W. Bush Institute 

The George W. Bush Institute is a solution-oriented nonpartisan policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies. Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Bush Institute is rooted in compassionate conservative values and committed to creating positive, meaningful, and lasting change at home and abroad. We utilize our unique platform and convening power to advance solutions to national and global issues of the day by influencing policy, not politics. Learn more at 

Outstanding BISD Student Recognized for Service 

Sixty-two outstanding students from across Texas completed the 2021–2022 Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council program. Members represented 38 school districts, four private schools, three charter schools, and one home school. You may read about each of the member’s individual projects, in the printable Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council Newsletter

Avery S., First-year member 

Project: Bears for a Purpose Avery and her friend developed guidelines on bears that could be donated to Cook Children’s Hospital. These guidelines were provided by a chaplain within the Spiritual Care Department of Cook Children’s Hospital to be sure the bears were safe to give to patients with compromised immune systems. Avery and her friend, with the assistance of Avery’s teacher, principal, and assistant principal, communicated these guidelines to the students of her school. As a result, 44 bears were donated and delivered to the Cook Children’s Hospital Spiritual Care Department to provide comfort to the young patients. Avery said, “There will always be problems along the way, but if it’s something you really want, those problems will be nothing.” Sponsor: Rebecca Berthold, Teacher. 

Haltom High School Alum hired as Assistant Volleyball Coach at Purdue University 

Ainise Havili, Haltom High School class of 2014 alum, was hired as the assistant volleyball coach at Purdue University.  

Havili, a three-time AVCA All-American with the Kansas Jayhawks, joins the Purdue staff as the volunteer assistant coach. During her time as a Jayhawk (2014–17), Havili became the first player in Big 12 Conference history to be named Big 12 Setter of the Year. Additionally, Havili’s success led to four First Team All-Big 12 and AVCA All-Midwest Region First Team accolades and culminated in becoming Kansas’ All-Time Assists leader. 

Following her collegiate career, Havili played overseas from 2019–21 for the Allianz MTV Stuttgart in Germany (2019–2020) and Karayolları Spor Kulübü in Turkey (2020–21) before returning stateside. Since then, the former setter served as an assistant coach for the Texas Image Volleyball Club while working for Signature Consultants as a recruiter. 

Havili graduated from Kansas in May 2018 with a bachelor of science in sports management and earned a master’s in marketing from the University of Arizona in 2019 while competing for the Wildcats’ beach volleyball team. 

Congratulations Ainise! #WeAreBirdvilleISD 

BISD Graduate Named Yamaha Young Performing Artists Winner 

Congratulations to BISD graduate Jordan Proffer for being named a 2022 Yamaha Young Performing Artists winner on the drum set. The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Winners of this competition were invited to attend an all-expense paid weekend at the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, received a once in a lifetime performance opportunity in front of thousands, national press coverage, received a recording and photos of the live performance, and participated in workshops designed to launch a professional music career. #BISDShines #WeAreBirdvilleISD 

Visit the YYPA website –  

MIAA Hall of Fame Honoree 

Congratulations to Lady Buff Basketball Alum, Keuna Flax, on her Hall of Fame honor from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).  

Did you know she amassed 2,400+ points in her career at Haltom High School? 

Keuna Flax | Central Missouri 
Basketball (2012-14) 
Although she only played for two seasons, the mark Keuna Flax left on the Jennies Basketball program is undeniable. Flax was just the fourth two-time All-American in team history with appearances on the first team by both the WBCA and Division II Bulletin. She was also a two-time All-MIAA selection, earning first team accolades in both 2012-13 and 2013-14. Her teams had a 50-11 record in two seasons, winning the MIAA regular season in 2013-14 and advancing to back-to-back NCAA tournaments. Flax’s 19.9 points per game average is the second-most in Jennies history, and her 54 games are the fewest of any member of in the 1,000-point club. As a senior, Flax was named the MIAA Player of the Year and the UCM Dr. Peggy Martin award winner.