When I first set out to make my schedule for the new year, I knew an honors class was going to have to fit in somehow. Not only do honors classes give me a break from the routine of taking straight science classes each semester (there are only so many times you can learn that water dissolves things well because it is a polar solvent), but they also allow me to challenge my mind in a different way. They allow me to think outside the box and to adapt to new people and surroundings. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the honors class I ended up choosing was to be a fundraiser and school supplies drive. How much further away from science curricula can you get?
Today was the first real meeting of our Major Works Major Issues class: Social Media, Social Change. Sure, we had our standard “Let’s go over the syllabus and talk to you about the class” first day two weeks ago, but it wasn’t until today that we got a taste of what the class was actually going to be like. To let us get a sense of how hands-on the class was going to be, our professor, Professor Temple, had us finish up a shipment from a previous class. We learned about the need to make the boxes as airtight as possible. This prevents anything from Afghanistan getting inside the boxes, be it dirt, sand, or nasty little critters like scorpions.
In total, we got another set of 18 boxes ready to be shipped. This shipment is full of pencils, paper, pens, and other school supplies waiting to be used by eager Afghan children. For a full list of school supplies that the project is collecting please visit this page. You can also read the story of how the project got started by visiting SMSgt Rex Temple’s blog.
Between packing, fixing address labels, filling out customs forms, and sealing up the boxes, I realized just how much we are going to have to collect to fill these boxes for future shipments. However, I am excited to take on the challenge. I look forward to a semester with an emphasis on learning, projects, and connections. I hope to bring fresh perspective each week so that even one person will realize that the things we take for granted here in America, make a huge difference to those half a world away.
One pencil can bring peace. Hope. Education. Equality.
Just think of what dozens of boxes of school supplies could do.