A Marine assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 4 plays with a student at the AmerAsian School in Ginowan, Okinawa, Monday, July 15, 2019. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES
A Marine assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 4 plays with a student at the AmerAsian School in Ginowan, Okinawa, Monday, July 15, 2019. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES

Troops lend a hand at Okinawa school founded to combat cross-cultural bullying

by Carlos M. Vazquez II
Stars and Stripes

GINOWAN, Okinawa — Sailors, Marines and the students of AmerAsian School in Okinawa recently picked up brooms and paint brushes to tidy up the campus before the start of the next school term in the fall.

A group of 30 servicemembers volunteered their free time Monday to help clean hallways, classrooms and outdoor areas.

“The kids are excited to see them and have role models to look up to,” said principal Ayako Komine.

AmerAsian School in Okinawa is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 by mothers who needed a school for their mixed-race children, according to the school’s website.

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