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February 16, 2004
Release Number: 04-02-28


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AL ANBAR SCHOOLS, YOUTH CENTER SEE MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS

RAMADI, Iraq -- Two schools east of Ar Ramadi received more than $29,000 for repairs Saturday. The ongoing renovations conducted by Iraqi citizens will benefit approximately 800 students and are the first capital improvements made on those particular schools in the last 36 years.

Also today, local craftsmen in Ar Ramadi used nearly $9,000 in funds to repair the Youth Center in Ar Rutbah. The repairs will be completed over the next 10 days and will provide the 23,000 residents of the city with a functional youth center- complete with electricity and plumbing. Civil affairs teams with the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division assisted in the efforts.

Task Force All American personnel also donated backpacks, school supplies, and soccer balls as part of their ongoing efforts to improve school attendance.

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