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  • Lessons From the One-Room Schoolhouse

    08/31/2011 6:05:00 AM PDT · by Palter · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | 31 Aug 2011 | SUE SHELLENBARGER
    Before classes began at Spring Creek School near Decker, Mont., community volunteers cut back the grass, cleared tumbleweeds and made sure there were no rattlesnakes around the playground. Last week, the one-room schoolhouse opened for its six K-5 students. "We all pitch in out here to support the school," says Loren Noll, a neighbor who showed up to dig weeds. Even though his 4-year-old daughter isn't old enough to attend, Mr. Noll volunteers as chairman of the school board. In the U.S., 237 public schools had only one teacher, according to 2009 federal data, down from 463 in 1999. Most...
  • New schools too costly for some counties ["reassess these shiny new schools that we're building"]

    05/05/2011 8:20:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 4, 2011 | Julie Bykowicz
    Maryland...."This could just be the tip of the iceberg," he said, questioning whether other counties also might struggle to support new or enlarged schools given the toll the economy has taken on local property and income tax revenues. "In these tough times, perhaps we should reassess these shiny new schools that we're building." Lever said this year's school construction package revealed more signs of continuing financial hardship in the counties. Local officials asked for less money and had fewer projects planned than at any time in at least five years — probably, he said, because local governments can't afford to...

    03/22/2010 3:32:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 182+ views
    zna ^ | March 22, 2010 | Genevieve Pollock
    MOSUL, Iraq, MARCH 22, 2010 ( Faced to ongoing violence against Christians in Iraq, the archbishop of Mosul of the Chaldeans is building a new school as a sign of hope for the people. Archbishop Emil Shimoun Nona, 42, who was installed as head of the Mosul Archeparchy in January, stated his plans in a letter last month. "The murder and persecution of Catholics in Iraq, particularly in the cathedral city of my diocese, Mosul, has lead to a social and spiritual crisis," he affirmed. The prelate continued: "I minister to the needs of a displaced and demoralized people. "Many...
  • ISAF Forces Help Refurbish Schools in Musa Qal'ah

    03/17/2010 5:17:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 98+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISCourtesy UK Ministry of Defence
    Courtesy UK Ministry of DefenceAs Musa Qal'ah begins to stabilise, local children are getting the chance of an education thanks to the British forces' Military Stabilisation Support Team (MSST) who have been helping refurbish schools in and around the town. Musa Qal'ah was not so long ago considered the most dangerous place in Helmand. But the school in Musa Qal'ah district centre, a building that two years ago lay derelict, is now full of children playing football and other playground games. The MSST have provided the support for local contractors to bring the schools in and around Musa Qal'ah...
  • New school will serve hundreds in Ramadi

    12/29/2009 4:40:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 373+ views
    Two Iraqi boys smile for the camera while recently visiting their new school in Ramadi. The Gulf Region District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers handed the school over to the Iraqi Ministry of Education this week. USACE photo. RAMADI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recognizes the importance of education and places a high priority on school projects as part of their reconstruction mission here. With more than 1,135 school projects completed and operational, USACE finished and turned the Mazraa elementary school in the western city of Ramadi over to the Iraqi Ministry of Education this week.Paul Ijames, project...
  • New ‘Twin Schools’ open for Taji students

    10/15/2009 5:27:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 344+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Adam Halleck, USA
    Students of the Twin Schools wait for the official opening of the schools in Taji, Iraq, Oct. 12. The Twin Schools will provide education to more than 1,200 children. Photo by Pfc. Adam Halleck, 1st Cavalry Division. TAJI — Following two years of hard work, a ribbon cutting ceremony here celebrated the grand opening of two schools nestled in a small village north of Baghdad, Oct. 12. Known as the “Twin Schools” to American Soldiers, the facilities can now provide the more than 1,200 students of the area with the high-quality education they deserve.In the past two years, this project...
  • Children head back to renovated school

    09/08/2009 6:20:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 353+ views
    KIRKUK — The once shattered windows of the Burhiema Primary School here are now intact, and through them, the children of Burhiema village can be seen smiling as they dig through bags of new school supplies. The school — once abandoned because of its poor condition — is once again filled with life and optimism as children returned from their summer vacations, Sept. 2, to find their local Iraqi Police, assisted by Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, waiting to greet them with a few surprises. The IP and Soldiers distributed 150...
  • Reading Program Benefits Iraqi School Kids

    04/13/2009 4:48:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Keith Anderson, USA
    287th Sustainment Brigade Support Operations Plans Officer in Charge, Capt. Traci Earls, plays a game of flash cards with students at the Soonobar Elementary School in Dhi Qar province, March 26. Photo by Sgt. Heather Wright, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). COB ADDER — A U.S. Civil Military Operations (CMO) team recently visited the Soonobar School in Dhi Qar province to read to the children, foster good will and deliver school supplies.Sgt. 1st Class Chris Baker, 287th Sustainment Brigade postal supervisor, and Capt. Traci Earls, the 287th support operations plans officer in charge, were two team members who volunteered to read...
  • Athabiah Primary School Renovated, Learning Environment Renewed

    03/21/2009 9:21:02 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 230+ views
    FOB WARRIOR — A recent ribbon cutting ceremony at the Athabiah Primary School in Riyadh celebrated the completion of a much-needed makeover project for the school. Built in 1972, the school had fallen into disrepair and, at the request of the Athabiah city council, the Riyadh Civil Service Corps (CSC) took on the project. Responsible for the refurbishment, CSC employed approximately 70 Iraqi student workers who recently acquired skills in painting, concrete work and carpentry to help facilitate the three-month-long renovation project. The repairs to the school included new electrical wiring, new cement to refurbish flooring and fresh paint for...
  • Modern School Provides Opportunities for Kurdish Children

    02/22/2009 11:38:13 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 249+ views
    To improve the learning environment and overall welfare of about 35 elementary school students in Kani Mayor Village, Kurdish Regional Government leaders and U.S. forces opened the doors to a new schoolhouse complete with instructor-living quarters, Feb. 12. Photo by Seaman Zachary Hernandez, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Arabian Peninsula. KURDISTAN — Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) leaders and Coalition forces inaugurated the first, permanent educational facility here in the mountainous region of Kani Mayor Village, Feb. 12. The new school supports the growing educational needs and serves as a platform for the future economic stability of this village...
  • Village Opens New Elementary School

    01/17/2009 6:39:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 278+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Karla P. Elliott, USA
    Children smile for the camera in the village of Atshiyana, Iraq, Jan. 12, 2009. The children of the community were invited to a school opening in Kirkuk province. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian L. Short, 11th Public Affairs Detachment. FOB WARRIOR — As the security situation in Iraq continues to improve, the number of infrastructure projects around Kirkuk province are on the rise. Local village leaders, Sons of Iraq members, the school head master, teachers and future students, along with U.S. forces, celebrated one of them - the grand opening of a new elementary school in Atshiyana village,...
  • Iraqi, Coalition Reps Spread Smiles to Iraqi School Children

    11/27/2008 7:18:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 321+ views
    Dan Foote, the leader of the Maysan provincial reconstruction team, hands out school supplies to a student of an all-girl school near Qalet Saleh, Nov. 23, 2008. Photo by Pfc. Terence Ewings, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. COB ADDER — Local Iraqi Security Forces distributed school supplies in Maysan Province Nov. 23 with assistance from the Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team. Iraqi and CF (Coalition Force) troops handed out various school supplies such as crayons, rulers, pencils and even backpacks to elementary school children. While some of the troops issued school supplies, others provided security at the scene.Soldiers assigned to the...
  • Salman Pak Kindergarten School Refurbished, Opened for Students (Yes that Salman Pak)

    11/23/2008 6:52:12 AM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 741+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lt. Col. Wayne Marotto, USA
    A student at the Wurwood Kindergarten holds the tray with the scissors for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of the school in Salman Pak, Nov. 21, 2008. Photo by Lt. Col. Wayne Marotto, 1st Armored Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Wurwood Kindergarten School officially reopened its doors Nov. 21 in the Rasheed neighborhood of Salman Pak after a two-month-long refurbishing period. The school has 350 students enrolled, ages 4 to 5 years old, and six class rooms. Prior to the refurbishment, the school could only hold 60 students. The school employs eight teachers, a director and an assistant.“The...
  • Continued School Openings Brighten Future for Iraqi Youth

    11/14/2008 4:26:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 235+ views
    Children play in the courtyard of the newly refurbished Al Abrar primary school, south of Baghdad. A new wing of six classrooms opened for students Oct. 15, 2008. This $496,000 project added much needed classroom space and facilities for the students. USACE photo. BAGHDAD — Themes of hope dominate school openings and ribbon cutting events throughout Iraq.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Gulf Region Division has overseen the renovation or new construction of nearly 1,100 schools, with another 38 projects ongoing. “This ancient civilization of Mesopotamia between the two rivers taught the world how to read and how to...
  • School Starts for Children in Sadr City

    10/10/2008 5:58:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 296+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 10, 2008 – Schools are now in session in the Sadr City district here, an area that six months ago was the scene of some of the war’s fiercest fighting. Students from the Jawalala School in the Jamilla neighborhood of Baghdad’s Sadr City district show off their newly issued backpacks Oct. 9, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Mott  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The rooms that children now fill at this school in northeastern Baghdad once were home to militia fighters who launched attacks against the Iraqi government and Iraqi and coalition forces. “I...
  • Sadr City Students Return to Schools with New Look, Feel

    09/06/2008 3:13:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 230+ views
    BAGHDAD — When bells ring for a return to schools throughout the Sadr City district of Baghdad later this month, students at 38 schools throughout the area are in for a big surprise. Following the end of hostilities in Baghdad’s most densely populated district, nearly all the 38 schools located in Task Force Gold’s operational environment were selected for repair and refurbishment by the Soldiers of the 926th Engineer Brigade. “The youth of Sadr City represent the future,” said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, commander of the 926th Eng. Bde., in speaking about the importance of the project. “They are the...
  • Renovated Schools to Greet Sadr City Children

    09/05/2008 6:22:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 293+ views
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Sept. 5, 2008 – When bells ring for a return to schools throughout Baghdad’s Sadr City district later this month, students at schools renovated by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers are in for a big surprise. Local contractors in Baghdad’s Sadr City district work on refurbishing the Thatt Al Salasel School, Sept. 3, 2008. Multinational Division Baghdad spearheaded the renovation of 38 schools throughout the area. U.S. Army photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Following the end of hostilities in Baghdad’s most densely populated district, nearly all of the 38 schools in Task Force Gold’s...
  • Schools Open for Children in She Shon

    08/28/2008 4:55:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 104+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Michael Schuch, USA
    Capt. Sean Nolan, of San Antonio, and a soon-to-be student of the newly-refurbished primary school in Jisr Diyala, await cookies and cake during the school's ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 21, 2008. Photo by Pfc. Michael Schuch. COMBAT OUTPOST CASCHE SOUTH — A kindergarten and primary school opened in the She Shon area during ribbon-cutting ceremonies Aug. 21.Soldiers from the 415th Civil Affairs Battalion helped local contractors renovate two schools in She Shon to ensure the children of the area have the opportunity to receive a formal education."We are very thankful this project is now complete," said Fatema Rhady, the headmistress of...
  • South Baghdad Schools Repaired

    06/14/2008 10:36:22 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 112+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. David Turner, USA
    School children of the al-Menahay Primary School pose for a photo at their makeshift school north of Joint Security Site W-1. A house with five rooms near the destroyed school was used for classes until their school could be rebuilt. Photo by 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FOB KALSU — For school children in the south Baghdad area, getting an education has become a difficult, even dangerous prospect in recent years. In some cases, supplies were short and facilities were in disrepair. Sometimes the teachers weren’t there. In a few cases, the schools themselves were all...
  • Refurbished School Opens in Salman Pak (Yes, that same Salman Pak)

    04/30/2008 4:59:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 216+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Joe Sowers, USA
    Local leaders cut the ribbon signifying the opening of the Salman Pak Girls Secondary School, April 24, in Salman Pak, Iraq. DoD photo. FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — The only secondary school for girls in the Salman Pak area opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 24.Leaders of the Salman Pak Council, the Iraqi Army, the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, gathered in Salman Pak for the ceremony, which marked the completion of a $200,000 project initiated Feb. 28.Members of the Salman Pak Council brought the decrepit school to the attention of 1-15th...
  • Coalition Soldiers Repair Schools in Iraqi City

    04/25/2008 3:38:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 53+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jason Stadel, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, April 25, 2008 – After months of fighting, coalition forces in Arab Jabour, Iraq, have rid the area of al-Qaida in Iraq terrorists and have turned their attention to rebuilding the community. Army Capt. James Anthony, commander of Company C, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, watches as children play at the Al-Alemia school in Arab Jabour, Iraq. Anthony and his company helped to rebuild the school. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Those efforts have opened numerous schools, water pumps and health clinics in Arab Jabour. The Islah School, Alula School and...
  • Adwaniyah Opens School, Health Clinic

    04/06/2008 1:42:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 126+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Jason Stadel, USA
    An Adwaniyah middle school student receives school supplies during the school's grand opening. Some of the supplies were donated by American students to Iraqi students. The remodeled school will hold traditional and religious classes. FORWARD OPRATING BASE KALSU — Adwaniyah citizens who were once afraid to leave their homes because of al-Qaeda in Iraq, freely gathered last week to celebrate the grand opening of a middle school and health clinic. Much of the work was done using Commander’s Emergency Response Program funds. Coalition forces assisted in rebuilding the school and clinic but the Government of Iraq was key to the...
  • Coalition Soldiers Visit Kutimiyah School

    04/04/2008 4:06:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 167+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Luis Delgadillo, USA
    First Lt. Greg Highstrom (left), from Cedarburg, Wisc., a platoon leader, and Spc. Nick Waterman, from Princeton, Idaho, an artilleryman, both with Battery B, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, speak with students of the Manahel primary school in Kutimiyah, March 30. The school is temporarily using a nearby home to hold classes because al-Qaida insurgents destroyed the school building. Photo by Sgt. Luis Delgadillo. FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Many schools in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division's area of operation have been rebuilt through the efforts of coalition forces.There were...
  • Al Nassir School Gets Face-lift

    03/29/2008 4:58:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 126+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky, USA
    An Iraqi worker adds a fresh coat of white paint to one of the buildings comprising the al Nassir School in al Buaytha, March 25. Coalition forces are funding repair of the school's four buildings. Before al-Qaida was driven from the area, the school was hit several times by mortars, causing structural damage. Photo by Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FOB KALSU — The al Nassir Elementary School is once again a kid-friendly place where area children can go to study.The school, which suffered severe damage while al-Qaida dominated the area, is now...
  • Soldiers Evaluate Renovation Progress at Girls’ School

    03/04/2008 5:39:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 117+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek, USA
    Local workers from Salman Pak, Iraq, and Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, work to refurbish the Zarqua al Yamama Girls’ School, Feb. 28. U.S. Army photo courtesy of 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment. FOB HAMMER — U.S. Soldiers visited the Zarqua al Yamama girls’ school in Salman Pak, Feb. 28, to check the progress of a refurbishment project there. The school’s poor condition was brought to the attention of 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment leaders by members of the Salman Pak council, said Capt. Mathew Givens, from Columbus, Ga., civil-military operations officer for 1-15th Inf. Regt.“The school was...
  • Iraqi Army, Marines Join Forces to Renovate Dilapidated School House

    03/02/2008 8:36:56 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 124+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Billy Hall, USMC
    AL QA’IM — Iraqi Army Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, along with Marines and Sailors of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, recently arrived at a school here carrying an abundance of tools and supplies. The joint effort had one goal: to provide the children with a school they could be proud of. The school needs a lot of work, but the children deserve it, said an Iraqi Army Soldier who wished to be not named. The school clean-up kicked off with Iraqi Army Soldiers and Marines working side by side, clearing broken windows...
  • Soldiers, Iraqis reopen boys’ school

    10/09/2007 5:09:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 221+ views
    Buffalo, N.Y., native Capt. Joseph Guzowski, the commander of Troop A, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, enjoys a piece of cake with staff members of the Omar Muktar Boys’ School at a grand opening ceremony at the school, Oct. 4. Photo by Spc. Robert Yde, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Soldiers from Troop A, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and members of the Salhiyah Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) were on hand at the Omar Muktar Boys’ School, Oct. 4, to...
  • Joint effort turns terrorist recruiting center into schoolhouse

    10/03/2007 5:12:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 208+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Angela McKinzie
    Brig. Gen. Muhammad Ali Jassim al-Frejee, commander of the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, speaks with children of Luitifyiah, Iraq, upon the re-opening of their school Oct. 1. Al-Frejee's troops and those of the 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., secure the Mahmudiyah, Lutifiyah, and Yusufiyah areas. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Angela Mc Kinzie. LUTIFIYAH — Attending schools with basic amenities such as libraries, restrooms and desks seems like a given to Americans.However, many Iraqi children have not been afforded the opportunity to attend...
  • School Renovation Under Way in Baghdad Sunni-Shiia Neighborhood

    09/14/2007 4:43:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 215+ views
    BAGHDAD, Sept. 14, 2007 – Families in a neighborhood that sits between Sunni and Shiia areas of west Baghdad are looking forward to the re-opening of their secondary school. An Iraqi construction crew renovates a school in west Baghdad, a project that will double its size. The project is about 30 percent complete. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Thifaf Al Neel School -- near the Baghdad International Airport in the Al Bayaa Beladiya neighborhood -- is being doubled in size, said Maj. Clark Johnson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the...
  • Apache Troop, Iraqis reopen Elementary School

    09/07/2007 4:29:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 276+ views
    After leaving a ceremony to reopen the Al Aflaph Elementary School in Salhiyah, Capt. Joseph Guzowski, left, the commander of Troop A, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Staff Sgt. Justin Miller, stop to play a game of foosball with some of the local children. Photo by Spc. Robert Yde, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — One of the biggest changes that Capt. Joseph Guzowski has seen since his last deployment here three years ago is the dramatic transformation of the relationships between Coalition forces and the local...
  • Central Baghdad school opens after two months of renovations

    08/29/2007 5:33:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 172+ views
    BAGHDAD — For the second time in a little more than a month, the partnership between the Kindi Neighborhood Advisory Council and the Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment’s Company E, has led to another school being opened in the area. After opening the Waoud Kindergarten in July, the Andalas School, which will serve as a middle and secondary school, was opened Aug. 26. The project, which took nearly two months to complete, was one of the first that Co. E, which is attached to the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division,...
  • Kindi re-opens kindergarten

    07/31/2007 6:09:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 159+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim
    Huda, 4, makes last minute decorations before the grand re-opening ceremony of the Waoud Kindergarten School in Baghdad July 22. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — Waoud kindergartners, 4-year-old Huda and her sister, 6-year-old Sara, waited all day in their fancy dresses and stood in the Baghdad heat to perform the most important duty they’d ever faced: their job was to carry a small pair of scissors that would be used for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at their newly, renovated school. On break from school, she showed up with...
  • Iraqi Community Reopens Kindergarten

    07/30/2007 5:37:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 225+ views
    Defense News ^ | Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office
    School receives much-needed structural repairs. BAGHDAD, July 30, 2007 — Waoud kindergartners, 4-year-old Huda and her sister, 6-year-old Sara, waited all day in their fancy dresses and stood in the Baghdad heat to perform the most important duty they’d ever faced. Their job was to carry a small pair of scissors that would be used for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at their newly, renovated school. "The renovations make us all very happy especially the furniture and the color; it’s a happy color." Batool Shaker The school’s vice headmistress On break from school, Sara showed up with her mother, one of the...
  • Clinger's New Website

    07/23/2007 5:40:50 PM PDT · by Clinger · 135+ views
    07-23-2007 | Clinger
    Charles Lingerfelt and Don English established a New "Kurdish American School" in Kurdistan- Northern Iraq- in the Fall of 2006. They are teaching English as "a second language" to young college-level and young adult Kurdish Students. Also, they're teaching Government, Democracy and Democratic principles. They are returning on September 1, 2007, for the Fall Quarter 2007. For further Info: contact Charles at:
  • Minnesota Soldiers Build School, Business in Southern Iraq

    06/04/2007 5:39:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 408+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Brian D. Jesness
    Minnesota Soldiers Build School, Business in Southern Iraq Village children had no school available since before 2003. By Spc. Brian D. Jesness13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)Logistical Support Area Anaconda Public Affairs BALAD, Iraq, June 4, 2007 — Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers opened a new school and a truck stop with a restaurant, May 10, in the village of Um Eneej in southern Iraq. "We insisted the contractor hire local help. He had to hire at least 10 [local] workers, and he hired 20."U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Sarvi “The village elders told us a school was the most...
  • Amish schoolhouse survivor (age 6) reportedly being taken off life support (Please stop in & pray)

    10/05/2006 10:43:59 AM PDT · by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL · 138 replies · 2,734+ views
    KRGV-TV NEWSCHANNEL 5 ^ | Thursday, October 05, 2006 | The Associated Press
    GEORGETOWN, Pa. (AP) - The number of dead from Monday's Amish schoolhouse shooting could soon rise by one more. A county coroner and a doctor who serves Amish children says it appears that one of the survivors is being taken off life-support and taken home to die. Meantime, the other survivors remain hospitalized and continue to fight their injuries. In Monday's attack, the gunmen sent the adults and boys out and bound the ten remaining girls at the blackboard. He was in the school for about an hour before he shot his hostages and turned the gun on himself as...
  • To Send Condolences, or Make a Contribution, to the Amish Families in Lancaster County, PA

    10/04/2006 9:50:17 PM PDT · by joanie-f · 62 replies · 3,481+ views
    self | 5 October, 2006 | joanie-f
    My husband and I live in Lancaster County and have of course been following the news of the school house shooting tragedy over the past few days. Friends from around the country have been in contact with us, wanting to know where they can send letters of condolence and contributions to the families of the young victims. I originally had very mixed emotions about contributing to a fund to defray the families’ transportation and medical expenses. The Amish do not believe in insurance of any kind, so surely do not have the means to pay for what will no doubt...
  • Marines thwart insurgents’ attempt to destroy new Iraqi school for girls

    07/12/2006 4:24:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 658+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jul 7, 2006 | Cpl. Antonio Rosas
    KARABILAH, Iraq (July 7, 2006) -- Thanks to the work of Marines and Iraqi Security Forces, 800 elementary-aged girls will now have a school to attend this fall. Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment unveiled a brand-new grade school in this city of about 30,000 on the Iraq-Syria border in western Al Anbar Province July 7. About one week before its opening, insurgents planted an improvised explosive device inside the school which would have leveled a good portion of the building, destroying nearly three months of work by Marines and locals, said Gunnery Sgt. Joseph S. Mallicoat, team leader...
  • Amid Iraqi Chaos, Schools Fill After Long Decline

    06/25/2006 9:03:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 958+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 26, 2006 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 25 — Enrollment in Iraqi schools has risen every year since the American invasion, according to Iraqi government figures, reversing more than a decade of declines and offering evidence of increased prosperity for some Iraqis. Despite the violence that has plagued Iraq since the American occupation began three years ago, its schools have been quietly filling. The number of children enrolled in schools nationwide rose by 7.4 percent from 2002 to 2005, and in middle schools and high schools by 27 percent in that time, according to figures from the Ministry of Education. The increase, which has...
  • Sadr City children enjoying school investment

    05/10/2006 4:20:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 404+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | May 9, 2006 | Norris Jones
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Army News Service, May 9, 2006) – Recent school renovations have Sadr City children learning in new environments. Among the schools getting makeovers was the Mustafa School, which serves 930 high school students in the morning and 430 elementary students in the afternoon. The $290,000 project included 300 new interior lights, 55 ceiling fans, 11 window air conditioners, 300 square meters of new concrete playground surface, remodeling of restrooms, roof repair, raising the perimeter security wall one meter, repairing all broken glass and installing a steel mesh to protect all exterior windows, painting all interior and exterior walls,...
  • Community Celebrates Bakaria School Renovation (This will brings SMILES!)

    05/04/2006 6:11:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 206+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Rodney Foliente
    A boy holding his gift of school supplies salutes, as his classmates express their thanks for the donated supplies after a ceremony to celebrate the completion of renovations at Al Hudaybiya Elementary School in Bakaria, of the Gazaliyah neighborhood, located southwest of Baghdad, April 23, 2006. The supplies were donated by the Family Readiness Group of Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rodney Foliente Community Celebrates Bakaria School Renovation Local contractors were selected for the renovation project, funded by the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment commander's emergency relief fund....
  • Iraqi School Gets New Playground Through Team Effort

    04/24/2006 5:54:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 288+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 24, 2006 – Community members welcomed a new playground for the children of the Al Shrooq primary and secondary school in Taji, Iraq, April 19. Iraqi children from the Al Shrooq primary and secondary school, in Taji, Iraq, help disperse gravel April 19 at the new playground donated by Iraqi and U.S. companies. Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, along with children at the school, pitched in to help make the school a better place. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt, USA   The playground was a result of hard work and determination by a combined...
  • Iraq's Diyala Province Schools Get a Makeover

    02/27/2006 4:32:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 409+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Pfc. Cassandra Groce
    U.S. Army Maj. Rhonda A. Keisman (second from right) checks the progress of Iraq's Muqdadiyah Technical School. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Cassandra Groce Iraq's Diyala Province Schools Get a Makeover A U.S. Army civil affairs team and Iraqi engineers monitor reconstruction work on three schools, ensuring the contractors meet the necessary requirements. By U.S. Army Pfc. Cassandra Groce 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MUQDADIYAH, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2006 — Through the efforts of Iraqi locals and coalition forces, the schools in Iraq's Diyala Province are getting a makeover. "The goal is to turn the projects over to the...
  • Iraqi Police Distribute Donated School Supplies

    02/15/2006 4:28:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 294+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Feb 15, 2006 | Multinational Force-Iraq
    MOSUL, Iraq, Feb. 15, 2006 — Teachers and students of the Alabed Middle School in the Palestine neighborhood of Mosul gratefully accepted donated school supplies from the local Iraqi police Feb. 15. The Iraqi police, along with coalition forces, participated in the Operation Iraqi Children effort, bringing much needed school supplies to the children. "This is one of the largest supply operations that has been put together to support school children." U.S. Army Maj. Roy A. Outcelt Maj. Fallah, police station chief, Southeast 6, and his police officers took time out from their daily routines to present the supplies to...
  • New Primary School Will Help Mold Iraq's Future

    01/11/2006 5:27:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 478+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Jan 11, 2005 | Claude D. McKinney
    The newly constructed Kovak Primary School sits on a prominent hillside overlooking the entry gate to the city of Dohuk, Iraq. Photo by Derek Walker, Gulf Region North, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Primary School Will Help Mold Iraq's Future School is now complete and ready to house 36 teachers and about 825 students. By Claude D. McKinney Gulf Region North, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DAHUK, Iraq, Jan. 11, 2006 — Within a community, the activities occurring in two specialized types of buildings hold great sway and influence for the residents of the community – they are...
  • To fight Al Qaeda, US troops in Africa build schools instead

    01/09/2006 5:07:20 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 2 replies · 285+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 09, 2006 | James Brandon
    CAMP LEMONIER, DJIBOUTI – Pointing to his computer screen, Maj. Gen. Timothy Ghormley sounds more like a Peace Corps volunteer showing off holiday photos than the shaven-headed US Marine entrusted with defeating Al Qaeda in East Africa. "That's what it's about right there," he says, stabbing his eyeglasses at the pictures of African children celebrating as water gushes from a new well. "Look at those kids. They're gonna remember this. In 25 years they'll say, 'I remember the West - they were good.' " In 2002, more than 1,500 US troops were sent to this former French colony in East...
  • Soldiers Build and Deliver School Desks

    12/16/2005 3:38:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 436+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Dec 16, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Britt Smith
    Iraqi school children give their unanimous approval as 48th Brigade Combat Team soldiers delivered desks and school supplies to the Nor Al Ukem School. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Britt Smith Soldiers Build and Deliver School Desks Desks will enable students to have their own seat rather than sitting two or three to a desk By Staff Sgt. Britt Smith 48th Brigade Combat Team CAMP ADDER, An Nasiriyah, Iraq, Dec. 16, 2005 — In an effort to make learning a little more comfortable for local school children, the Civil Affairs soldiers from the 48th Brigade Combat Team recently...
  • School Renovations Seek Bright Future for Iraq

    12/12/2005 4:37:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 308+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 12, 2005 | Claude D. McKinney
    MOSUL, Iraq, Dec. 12, 2005 – Whether the key to a bright future for a country is to educate the children of the present will be tested in northern Iraq over the next generation, based on the work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region North. The 324 schools renovated in Iraq's seven northern provinces under the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund will benefit 42,000 students. All but nine of the schools are completed, and only one of those will not be finished by the end of January, officials said. Officials also noted that under the Commanders Emergency...
  • Troops help build new girls school in Qalat

    12/09/2005 12:16:13 PM PST · by 68skylark · 3 replies · 298+ views
    U.S. Army News Service ^ | December 9, 2005 | Spc. Tiffany Evans
    QALAT, Afghanistan (Army News Service, Dec. 9, 2005) – A new building to house a girl’s school opened Nov. 21 in downtown Qalat, Afghanistan, thanks to service members of the Provincial Reconstruction Team. “For the past few months the girls have been having classes in tents and are very excited to finally have a real school building,” said Air Force 1st. Lt. Ethan Haynes, general engineer, 37th Civil Engineer Squadron. In Qalat, located northeast of Kandahar in the Zabul Province, members of the PRT also added a basketball court to the school grounds for the girls, said Haynes. As the...
  • Iraqi Girls’ School Receives Needed Supplies

    12/02/2005 4:27:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 417+ views
    Defend America ^ | Dec 2, 2005
    An employee of the Ninewa Middle School for Girls assits members of the 401st Civil Affairs Unit deliver school supplies in the Al-Faisaliya neighborhood Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 29, 2005. The supplies were provided by Operation Iraqi Children. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Clydell Kinchen Iraqi Girls’ School Receives Needed Supplies Iraqi security forces, along with the 401st Civil Affairs Battalion, provided security for the delivery of the supplies. By Multinational Force-Iraq MOSUL, Iraq, Dec. 2, 2005 — The Ninewa Middle School for girls in the Al-Faisaliya neighborhood in Mosul accepted school necessities from Operation Iraqi Children Nov. 29. "The...