President, First Lady Announce Library Project

President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush met with students and teachers at College Park Elementary in Gautier Wednesday. There, Mrs. Bush announced that the Laura Bush Foundation For America's Libraries was launching a new initiative to help schools impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

The organization, which provides grants to help school libraries, has established a special fund specifically to help schools in the Gulf region that lost books and materials in the hurricane.

"According to the U.S. Department of Education, 1212 public and private schools in the Gulf Coast region were damaged or destroyed. And the basic cost of building a library for an elementary school is about $50,000. And the cost of a secondary school library is usually over $100,000," Mrs. Bush said.

The First Lady says schools that apply for the library grant could start receiving money around late April or early May. To apply, visit