On Tuesday, April 2nd, former first lady Laura Bush will be in San Angelo for the annual “Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Presents”.
One of the Institute’s main missions is community outreach for Concho Valley residents of all ages.
That’s why we go to school to get our brains accustomed to learning — good advice from Nasa astronaut Nicole Stott. Stott came to San Angelo for Girl Power this year. Hundreds of Concho Valley 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade girls also heard from Miss Texas, Madison Fuller.
Madelyn Day is a student assistant with the institute. “Each and every single one of these girls out here is so special and so loved and so unique in every single way…and we really hope that they will always know that they are cared about and loved.”
“Girl Power” — Now in it’s eighth year — is one of the most popular outreach programs of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health In San Angelo. Berkeley Puckitt says it’s grown to more than 500 girls and 35 schools were represented this year. She says in San Angelo they have a three-prong mission of research, education and outreach. The pride of our Institute is a lot of our outreach programs and they have expanded for our 4th through 7th grade girls all the way up through our college programs with “Girls Night Out” and we’ve expanded to “Guys Night Out”…..The issues we were dealing with the Girls Night Out which is peer pressure and safety and relationships and health boundaries — those types of things that’s a two-way street and so we decided to open that up and bring our Guys Night Out — which has been very successful on the ASU campus”.
Other universities in Texas are now using the San Angelo model for Girls and Guys Night Out programs.
The Laura W. Bush Institute is also a partner for San Angelo’s annual “West Texas Hunger Summit”.
Puckitt says ” We help them bring speakers in so we have different connections with the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center as well as different people around Texas they they continue to bring speakers and topics that are influentual with health related topics, nutrition and how that ties back to homelessness.”
“Laura W. Bush Presents” is an annual tradition. This year, former first lady Laura Bush will again be visiting San Angelo as the featured guest.
Puckitt says “Our first speaker was Elizabeth Smart and she brought her wonderful program RADD kids that we’ve been doing in our area and then we had Mrs. Bush the following year…which we’re so glad to have her back this year…..followed by Nolan Ryan, Emmitt Smith and some very notable people through our luncheon that we hold. Our community outreach events are “Eat with the Experts” and those types of things are also opened up to all ages and both genders, so….we’re really tring to give our background and our research to those community outreach programs as well.”