ST. PAUL, Texas (AP) — Former President George W. Bush has helped dedicate the first school in Texas named for him by encouraging students to hit the books.

Bush, who lives in Dallas, was on hand Thursday at George W. Bush Elementary School in the town of St. Paul, in the nearby Wylie Independent School District.

The 43rd president visited an art class. Bush also spoke to a gathering of adults and students, advising the youngsters: "Read more than you play games on electronic devices."

The 86,000-square-foot school, with more than 500 students, also salutes the education efforts of ex-first Lady Laura Bush — a former teacher and librarian.

Wylie ISD trustees, in unanimously voting to name the new campus for Bush, noted it's the first in Texas to carry his name.