Books being collected in honor of Barbara Bush

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Students and members of the community gathered on Tuesday night to honor Barbara Bush at the George Bush Museum and Library.

"Barbara Bush was a legacy in America. She had amazing charm, poise, grace," said Hanna Bailey, a Bush Library special events intern.

Bailey along with other public program interns at the Bush library wanted to host their remembrance event for fellow students to attend.

"We had a lot of our peers actually asks us if A&M was going to do anything and we hadn’t heard of anything so we thought why not us? Why don’t we put something on?" said Bailey. "We really wanted the student body to have an opportunity to reflect on the impact she had here at Texas A&M."

While Mrs. Bush meant a lot to the Aggies, she also left an impact on some younger students around the Brazos Valley.

"We're collecting books and blankets that were donated in honor of Barbara Bush," said Maggie Cunnigham.

Maggie and her sister Harper started their non-profit organization Books and a Blanket about seven years ago to help promote literacy.

"I feel like our mission statement is kind of the same that she wanted to accomplish as a first lady," said Maggie.

The two sisters were previously given the Daily Points of Light award, presented by George H.W. Bush in 2015 due to their efforts.

"Because of Barbara Bush's focus on literacy and our organization that provides books to children it means a lot to get books in honor of her that are going to these kids," said Harper.

Members of the public can drop off books at the entrance of the museum up until Saturday. Those books will go towards the Cunningham's Books and a Blanket organization.

The Bush Library interns hope people who attended their event will follow in Mrs. Bush's legacy she left behind.

"Leaving the ceremony tonight we hope everybody embodies the core values of A&M and the core values that Barbara Bush had," said Bailey.