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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 11, 2005

President and Mrs. Bush Visit Elementary School in Mississippi
Delisle Elementary School
Pass Christian, Mississippi

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10:54 A.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT: Listen, first I want to thank the Superintendent. We're delighted to see that the schools of Pass Christian are Blue Ribbon schools. They have been Blue Ribbon schools before and they'll be Blue Ribbon schools in the future. Part of the health of a community is to have a school system that's vibrant and alive. And in spite of the fact that a lot of equipment was damaged and homes destroyed and teachers without places to live and -- this school district is strong, and it's coming back. And it's a sign that out of the rubble here on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi is a rebuilding, is a spirit of rebuilding.

President George W. Bush spends a moment Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, with students at Delisle Elementary School in Pass Christian, Miss. The school reopened Tuesday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region.  White House photo by Eric Draper And thank you all for having us. I want to thank the principals and teachers for understanding the quality of education -- the quality of the education in a community helps define the nature of the community. And one of the things that's interesting is the high school principal told Laura and me that the -- and Madam Secretary -- that the high school was deemed to be a Blue Ribbon high school after Katrina hit. And yet a lot of the students don't know that yet. And so when the high school comes back next Monday, the first thing the principal is going to tell them is that the school that they go to, even though the building is different -- the buildings are different -- is a Blue Ribbon high school.

And the Superintendent says, Blue Ribbon high school last year, this year, and next year. And I appreciate your spirit. Thanks for letting us come by.

Thank you all. Bye-bye.

END 10:56 A.M. EDT


Laura Bush gives a hug to a student at Delisle Elementary School in Pass Christian, Miss., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, as the school reopened for the first time since the area was struck by Hurricane Katrina.  White House photo by Eric Draper