This week the students at our USF Honors College class have been enjoying their well deserved time off on Spring Break. But when they get back we have our work cut out for us – Rex and I have collected two carloads of donations in the last few days and they are truly piling up in our garage. One of the carloads came from the Independent Day School in Tampa’s Carrollwood area where students in Ms. Kat Quin’s class have been helping with the school supplies drive since September of 2009. Rex even skyped with Ms. Quin’s class from Afghanistan in March 2010 before he got home from his deployment.
While the USF students were off we got another urgent request for school supplies from someone currently deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan. His unit is trying to rebuild the town and the infrastructure after the battles with the Taliban. He says the people near his forward operating base are friendly but desperately poor. He wants to get some equipment like soccer balls, etc. and school supplies for the kids.
So this week the USF Honors students will need to inventory everything we currently have and pack up 10-15 boxes for another shipment. We are also doing a special packing party on Friday, March 25th to get some of the donated supplies inventoried, sorted, packed and shipped so we won’t have so much work at the end of the semester when we expect most of the donations to come in.
Part of the reason why the speed at which the donations are coming in might increase next week is because the “University Beat” reports on WUSF Public Media. In early January the person in charge of
“University Beat” Mark Schreiner decided to dedicate significant air time to our USF Honors class “Social Media, Social Change” and his special reports will start running on Monday, March 21. The television version of Mark’s piece will run on WUSF TV March 21st through April 3rd, on weekdays between 11:55 a.m. and noon, between 11:25 and 11:30 p.m., and at one or two other various times each day; and on weekends at three or four various times each day. The video was shot by Jorge Cunha & Ryan Dillow and edited by Deborah Holland & Mark himself.
The University Beat radio report will run on WUSF 89.7 FM on Tuesday, March 22nd just after the 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. newscasts and on Thursday, March 24th shortly after 5:40 p.m. It will also run on WSMR 89.1 FM (www.wsmr.org) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25th.
The TV and radio reports, along with some web-only pieces, will be on the internet by Tuesday, March 22 at www.wusf.org/university_beat.