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Fathers are invited to write their children letters discussing the importance of childhood literacy as part of a contest – and some letters will be featured on the Barbara Bush Foundation website!

Barbara Bush took an interest in literacy issues while Second Lady of the United States. She worked with literacy organizations and researched links between illiteracy and different life conditions. She even wrote a children’s book and donated the proceeds to literacy organizations. So, you know, she’s serious about this reading stuff.

Regardless of political affiliation, this contest sounds like a great way for dads (and grandfathers!) to express their love of reading to their kids.

From the contest site:

The “Devotedly Dad” letter contest is open to America’s fathers and grandfathers as an opportunity to encourage a love of reading and writing in their homes. We’re asking dads to write a letter to a child or grandchild about the importance of literacy and learning. Write from the heart, the head or the funny bone and simply sign it …”Devotedly, Dad.”

Entries must be in by 5PM EST on April 12, 2013.

Other guidelines: must be a max of 800 words and by a father or grandfather. Looks like it’s just U.S. Citizens only.

You can submit a letter via their online form or if you’re hella old school like Barbara herself, you can mail it in. Address (and more details about the contest) is at the link below.

Winners will be notified through email by Father’s Day, June 16, 2013, and select letters will be featured on the Barbara Bush Foundation website. Winners will also receive an autographed copy of All the Best, My Life in Letters and Other Writings by President George H.W. Bush, plus a pair of his favorite and fun First Family socks! If you’re not doing this for the socks alone, I don’t know if we can be friends anymore.

This sounds like an awesome contest for dads, so get on it. National notoriety and free socks await.

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You know I did, Babs. You know I did.