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HUSAYBA, Iraq – Pencils are always the "write" gift to give to Iraqi children.
Marines and a sailor assigned to K Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment found that out when they passed out pencils with plastic sharpeners to the school-aged kids here Oct. 19.
"I think it’s good and educational," said Pfc. Robert A. Chapin, a rifleman assigned to K Company. "Not only are we making a presence, but we’re showing that we care about their education."
The 22-year-old from Columbus , Miss. , said it also shows that the Marines care about the future of Iraq .
"They don’t have many writing materials; they’re poor people," Chapin said.
The group was patrolling through the area when they were approach by the Iraqi children
"They know what we carry (pencils) or candy," said Lance Cpl. Robert A. Montgomery, a squad leader with K Company.