Iraqi school children check out their new desks and backpacks following the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Kuna Riwi primary school in Kirkuk, May 17, 2010. The project, funded by the U.S. Commander's Emergency Response Program, will provide quality education to more than 100 children around the city. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jessica Luhrs.
New school betters education in KirkukWritten by Pfc. Jessica Luhrs, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Thursday, May 20, 2010 09:38
KIRKUK – U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Kuna Riwi primary school here, which will provide quality education to more than 100 needy children in and around this city.
Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 37th Armor, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, out of Fort Bliss, Texas, joined their partners with 3rd Battalion, 47th Iraqi Army Brigade, for the celebration.During the tour, the English teacher at the school, Noor, who prefers to go by her first name, spoke of the differences between the old and new school.
The project, funded by the Commander's Emergency Response Program, began in November, according to 1st Lt. Zachery Brown, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and fire effects officer with 1/37th AR.
Citizens around Kuna Riwi and IA Soldiers also played a critical role in the building of this school, as they made the plans, picked the contractors, ensured the paperwork went to the right people and just took the initiative to make sure this project happened, Brown said.
“Because they put so much work into this school, we know they will take pride in it and protect it,” said Lt. Col. Geoffery Catlett, commander of 1/37th AR.
Catlett and leadership of Kuna Riwi began the ceremony with a ribbon cutting and speeches in front of the school.
"Just a month ago I was teaching 120 children in a single room school made of mud, now, thanks to the [Iraqi] Army and U.S. forces, our children have a school to make their education level grow," she said.
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