CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – The former First Lady, Laura Bush, spoke at University of Northern Iowa as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series.
Mrs. Bush’s topics of discussion ranged from an update on the Bush family, passion of education and fighting poverty and her time in the White House reflecting on the perilous times of September 11th.
Bush also touched upon her current work with the Bush Institute, a public policy center focused on freedom that is emphasized through the works of education.
Mrs. Bush addressed the challenges the future generations will face compared to generations past. She said children of the current generation face more negative influences such as drug use, drop out rates and single-parent homes.
The former First Lady then shifted to a Q and A with UNI President Mark Nook. Mrs. Bush talked of how her favorite classic books such as Little House On The Prairie and Little Women wove an image of the perfect example of family.
Laura Bush challenged the audience tonight to make a difference saying, “Never forget that one friendly smile, one reading lesson, one busy hour given over to someone who needs you can make all the difference in the world.”