April 4th, 2011: A Photo Essay

At our most recent class meeting our class packed up all the supplies we’ve collected thus far – and it’s a good thing we did, because it’d taken the entire class period! But instead of describing to you how things happened, I figured I’d do things differently this time around and show you!

Admittedly I probably could have taken more photos, but I didn’t want to spend the entire class taking pictures instead of helping out my fellow classmates pack. But here are some of the pictures I did take:

Above are the boxes I brought in today – a total of 15 and one odd-sized box. It’d taken 20 minutes to fit into my car earlier that morning, but thankfully with the help of a classmate and this cart, it took considerably less time to get out of my car.

Shown here are the supplies our professor brought to class today, as well as Kryssa’s luggage filled with stuff to pack.

These were the boxes Zazu and Zoe picked up from Freedom High School. I believe they ended up packing a whopping 29 boxes in class!

A picture of me posing with some of my packed boxes (and Julio in the background). I felt accomplished to have filled the boxes, but it was no easy tasking itemizing what was in each box and then taping them shut.

A rather candid photo of Jordi taping up boxes. Apparently the joke is that it takes three honors students to make a box, but sadly I never got a picture of this. (Depending on the roll of tape being used, it takes 1-2 students to seal shut a box.)

Zoe and Zazu posing with their supplies as they packed their boxes. Some of the supplies they received were not in shipping boxes, so we had to build the boxes from scratch, fit the supplies in such a way that maximized space, take note of what we put in the boxes, and then taped them up afterward.

We completely filled one cart at about 2/3rd’s of the way through class. Pictured here are 40 boxes, and we had plenty left to pack up!

I believe our final count was a whopping 58 boxes packed! Here our class is posing with all the boxes (minus Mohamed, who was sick). Imagine trying to fit all of these into Professor Temple’s car, let alone her garage (where they will only stay 48 hours before being shipped to Afghanistan)!

Several things to note in the above picture: First, my fail at making a Bulls’ sign (apparently I go to school in Texas?). Second, to the very right is Shams Rahman, a Fullbright scholar from Afghanistan, who came to visit our class today. Shams is getting his Master’s in Public Health at USF and he heard about our project through USF Oracle’s article on the web – proof that social media does in fact make a difference.

Thankfully, all the boxes did fit into the car, though it was quite a fit! Our class is looking quite forward to the Afghan children lucky enough to receive this shipment!

A view from the driver's seat of the car. We packed the car completely full with boxes!

Where does that leave us? Including the 5 boxes our professor had at her house, we now have a total of 63 boxes needing to be shipped. Presently, we have shipped 82 boxes – so just as my blog post from last week had predicted, we have reached our 120 goal, and are now at 145 boxes packed!

However, we are only at the beginning of the month, and are by no means finished: We have Bull Market this Wednesday from 10-2pm (school supplies for pizza!), as well as the Kalesia tea event from 7-10pm – see the flyer below!

Flyer courtesy of Patric Wetzel

However, our main concern is shipping costs. 145 boxes costs about $1885 to ship, and presently our class has only reached a little over $1000. If you would like to help us out, be sure to check out our shipping fund page.

(All photos in this post are courtesy of me, unless stated otherwise.)

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About Justin Doromal

I am a student at the University of South Florida majoring in Mathematics, with a side interest in educational improvement and pedagogy. I am literate in French, though not necessarily fluent, and in my free time I like indulging in Korean pop music culture.
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