"Straight Arrows" deliver supplies, smiles to local schools
February 12, 2009
BAGHDAD - As the security situation in Baghdad continues to improve, Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers look for the opportunity to conduct missions focused more helping Iraqi citizens than winning fire fights.
Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, attached to the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, MND-B, surprised school children and teachers alike with a school supply delivery in the Karkh district of northwest Baghdad Feb. 10.
Numerous organizations throughout the United States donated supplies; appreciated not only by the Soldiers conducting the mission, but also by the children who benefited from them.
"Various organizations and families from the United States generously donated the supplies in order to show good will towards the people of Iraq and assist with educational needs," said Capt. Michael Roscoe, Iraqi Security Force Coordinator, 4th Bn., 42nd FA Regt. "The children and teachers of the schools were both surprised."
The delivery consisted of 50 boxes filled with such items as backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils and much more.
It was evident from the smiles on the children's faces that the supplies were well- received.
"The children are all very happy with the generous donation," said Alaa Abdul Rahman, Uroba School headmaster.
Soldiers from the battalion have been very active in the community during their deployment by helping to renovate and refurbish numerous schools in their operational environment. A partnership between the battalion and the Ministry of Education has improved schools like Uroba and al-Rasheed, and along with it, educational opportunities for Iraqi children who otherwise might not get the tools to succeed in the classroom.
"These Supplies will assist the students very much," said Zanab Muhammad Hussein, Abi Tammam Primary Boys School Headmaster. "Most of them are from poor families and cannot afford a lot of supplies."
While Iraqi and Coalition Soldiers have proven themselves creditable in the kinetic fight, the word on the streets of northwest Baghdad now is how they've put smiles on children's faces.