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Laura Bush tours Southaven school

First Lady Laura Bush visited the Mid-South Thursday afternoon.

Her visit was part of a broader trip to bring attention to the situation of children displaced by Hurricane Katrina, forced to enroll in new schools.

The First Lady spent an hour at Greenbrook Elementary in Southaven, a school with approximately 10 evacuee students enrolled. The students are part of nearly 150 students from the Gulf region enrolled in DeSoto County Schools.

Mrs. Bush emphasized that her role is less about controversy, and more about compassion. She said the government response overall has been good, but it's the everyday people who've stepped up to help.

"The local community is really the one who's done it," she said, "Stepping up and helping so many people."

The First Lady and the Secretary of Education said federal funds are being used by school districts to defer extra costs, and that some rules and provisions of the No Child Left Behind act are temporarily being relaxed.

A handful of protestors picketed Bush's visit. The First Lady went on to tour a shelter hosting evacuees in Southaven.

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