This week I walked to the Honors College with many things on my mind: Why was it so cold? Where is the nearest place on campus that they sell coffee? What would I write in my blog today? Who was going to be our speaker during class? When can I have lunch?
Obviously these were all of the utmost importance to a college student headed to class without caffeine or much time for breakfast. However, all of these thoughts left my mind as soon as I walked through the door of the lobby and saw a donation box. Our donation box, filled with school supplies. I was shocked, to say the least. To my knowledge, we hadn’t advertised this collection anywhere. All we had done was put a box with a sign over it in a well-seen location. This got me thinking: is it really that easy?
With that positive experience in my mind, I headed to the Marshall Center with a fellow student to warm up, eat some lunch, consume some caffeine, and start on my blog entry (Successfully addressing four of my questions from before class). As soon as I sat down, I realized, maybe it really is that easy. People want to help others. Students know they should give back to those less fortunate; it’s just the matter of how they do it. With that thought in mind, I knew that I really had to start getting the word out about the project. This time next week, both the Honors and USF e-newsletter should have blurbs about our collection box in the Honors Lobby. I hope stampedes of Bulls from all across the campus hurry to ALN 241 to drop off supplies. I look forward to seeing another collections box filled to the brim.
The last thought I want to leave you with is something we found in the bottom of the collections box this week. In that box there were notebooks, pencils, markers, and other supplies, but what actually struck me the most, is the coin we found at the bottom. A dime is only worth 10 cents. It won’t allow us to buy a notebook or a set of markers or a pack of paper. But, it will allow us to buy one pencil. So that dime is one child’s education. That dime is one child’s future. That dime is one child’s hope. Are you honestly going to tell me you don’t have a dime to spare?
P.S. Curious about my last question from this morning that I didn’t address (Who was going to be our speaker during class?)? Head on over to http://usfhonorsforwoundedvets.wordpress.com/ to learn about the second half of our class’s project.