Laura Bush was born on November 4, 1946, in Midland, Texas. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Southern Methodist University in 1968. In 1973, she earned a master of library science degree from the University of Texas. Laura Bush is actively involved in issues of national and global concern, with a particular emphasis on education, health care, and human rights. Each year, Mrs. Bush encourages American to adopt during National Adoption Day ceremonies. “Adoption is a hopeful act. It recognizes that every child has limitless potential for success and limitless capacity for love. It is an act that has brought joy to millions of American families, including ours,” says Mrs. Bush. As the leader of President Bush’s Helping America’s Youth initiative, Mrs. Bush is listening to the concerns of young people, parents, and community leaders throughout the country and drawing attention to programs that help children avoid risky behaviors like drug and alcohol use, early sexual activity, and violence. One of Mrs. Bush’s first priorities in the White House was to convene the Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development.