Iraqi citizens celebrated the completion of construction at the Omah Moktar School for Girls in the Qadisiyah Apartment Complex in Mahmudiyah, about 20 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 8.
After nearly three months of construction, the Moktar Schoolâ€™s approximately 600 students can now enjoy new windows, gates and doors, as well as new auditorium furniture. Exterior improvements included raising the outer wall as an added security measure.
â€œThe educational environment was greatly enhanced and helped to bolster pride in their school,â€ said 1st Lt. Jason Potter, Moktar School project manager, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). â€œThis project was significant in that it showed the residents of the neighborhood that the Coalition forces are really here to help.â€
Mahmudiyah Qada Council chairman Abu Amar, Mahmudiyah Nahia Council president Talib Abbas and Dr. Qais al-Hanni from the Ministry of Education attended the ceremony.
Al-Hanni reminded attendees of educationâ€™s importance and maintaining an environment that encourages children to learn.
Students took the stage throughout the ceremony to give speeches, sing and recite poems. One group also performed a short skit reflecting on the successes of Iraqi Security Forces in improving security in the area, and cleaning up the neighborhoodâ€™s appearance.
At the end of the ceremony, Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division distributed school supplies to the students.
Task Force Marne
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy