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Private school students honor, remember President George H.W. Bush

December 6, 2018

Private school students from around Houston paid tribute and remembered the legacy of President George H.W. Bush this week at The George and Barbara Bush Center for Scholars and Leaders.

President George H.W. Bush died Friday, Nov. 30, at his home in Houston. The remembrance took place throughout the day on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the center at Houston Christian High School, 2700 W. Sam Houston Parkway South.

“We are deeply saddened at the loss of one of our country’s greatest leaders,” said Aliana Peska, executive director of The Bush Center, in a news release. “Not only did his life’s service inspire a nation, it transcended politics and brought communities across the world together. We celebrate his life and gladly accept the responsibility of becoming a point of light for our families and students. President Bush’s legacy will be carried on here at The Bush Center, and we look forward to sharing his faith and courageous leadership with generations to come.”

At the remembrance at Houston Christian High School, students signed a condolence book and learned of the historical impact of Bush’s service in and out of public office through interactive displays, artifacts and photos provided by the Bush family.

The Bush Center is on the campus of Houston Christian High School and is a leadership development center for high school students. The Bushes lent their name to the center six years ago.

The Bush Center promotes the “development of scholarship and leadership through the cultivation and study of faith and moral guidelines for all ages and we welcome you to explore our site and see how we can partner together to illuminate the world for good.”

The center boasts the largest collection of President Bush artifacts in Houston.

George H.W. Bush was the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993. He was the 43rd vice president of the United States from 1981 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan.

Bush was born in Milton, Mass. He was the son of a U.S. senator from Connecticut, attended Phillips Academy Andover prep school and served in the military during World War II before attending Yale University. He married Barbara Pierce and the couple headed to Texas, where Bush sold oil field equipment.

He later served as chairman of the Harris County Republican Party in 1963 and as a congressman from 1967 to 1971. He also served as head of the CIA and ambassador to the United Nations prior to serving as vice president and president.

Bush’s remains will be buried alongside his wife Barbara and daughter Robin on the grounds of his presidential library in College State.

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