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May 12, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-23


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THIRD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM COMPLETES AL-HATHER SCHOOL

Baghdad -- An opening ceremony for the Al-Hather Secondary School in southern Baghdad took place May 7, marking the completion of U.S.-funded renovations to the school.

The $57,500 renovation had been under way since late March, said 2nd Lt. Stephen Jaworski, Emergency Response Program coordinator for the 161st Infantry's 1st Battalion. The school will serve more than 700 students and have a staff of 30 teachers.

Al-Hather is one of 16 schools in the Diyala district of southern Baghdad that have drawn from a pool of $500 million that has been allocated to the First Team's 3rd Brigade Combat Team for reconstruction efforts in the region.

Renovations to the school included a thorough cleaning of the grounds, painting and finishing work, installation of new bathrooms, running water, electrical wiring, and the construction of an exterior wall.

Local craftsmen were hired for the project.

"It also gives a sense of pride to the neighborhood," Jaworski added. "The next thing we're looking at are desks, chalkboards, and books."

Jaworski works closely with the Diyala District Area Council (DAC), a group of community leaders, helping to prioritize and organize projects for Diyala's reconstruction and modernization requirements.

Besides education, the Diyala DAC is also working towards other projects such as a working sewer system.

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