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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...