Kansas National Guard Unit Adopts School in Kosovo

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas National Guard unit serving in Kosovo is doing more than just helping to keep the peace.

The unit's members have also made it their mission to help a school in a mountain village recover from the 1999 Serbian war.

Pupils at the school in Bobit wear heavy winter clothing indoors most of the year. That's because many of the school's windows remain riddled with holes.

Members of the Kansas National Guard's Task Force Falcon have now adopted the school, donating their time and money to leave it in better shape than they found it.

Contributions of maps, writing implements and other teaching supplies have come from Topeka residents and other Kansans who've heard about the unit's efforts.

Captain Jason Oldham of Topeka says the connections between the Americans and the Kosovan children will help give the youngsters a brighter future.

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