Kennett Native Doing His Part to Help Iraqi Children

MAY 24, 2004 - Posted at 5:08 p.m. CDT

KENNETT, MO - Things are looking up at an Iraqi school, thanks to the efforts of a Missouri Bootheel native.

Robert "Oney" Pruett, a native of Kennett, is a veteran U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee who volunteered for assignment in Iraq.

There, Pruett became familiar with a mostly-Christian school.  Using his own money, he bought fans for classrooms, then began soliciting donations.

Now, Pruett has secured enough money to buy air conditioners, copy machines, and to even replenish the school's library.

A Corps official says Pruett's efforts are teaching Iraqi children that Americans are their friends.

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