On Television

Students in the USF Honors College course, "Social Media, Social Change,"  take their supplies to the Post Office (photo courtesy Liisa Temple)
Afghan School Supplies Class
“One pencil can help bring peace.” That’s not just the name of a USF Honors College course, it’s also the hope of the students, teacher Liisa Temple, and the inspiration behind it: her husband, U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Rex Temple. University Beat on WUSF TV shows you how the class is taking the Temples' efforts to collect and send school supplies to children in Afghanistan to the next level.

On the Radio

Liisa Temple & students in the "Social Media, Social Change" class pack school supplies for Afghani students
Afghan School Supplies Class

Since we last checked in with U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Rex Temple, he’s picked up some new, unusual allies on his latest mission. Students in a USF Honors College course taught by his wife, Liisa, are now leading the effort to collect school supplies for children in Afghanistan. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 takes you to the class, where social media and philanthropy meet to give the students a better understanding of the world around them.

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Video extras

US Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant Rex Temple talks about the young boy in Afghanistan who inspired the school supply drive, and why the military’s humanitarian efforts are important.

USF Honors College Adjunct Professor Liisa Temple says there are a variety of things that make up the students’ grades. She also says that even though the class has been meeting for just a short time, she’s extremely impressed by their work.


Sophomore Mohammad Ismail says USF’s Muslim community has been extremely helpful with his collection efforts. He also previews the April 6th (new date) collection drive from 10 am to 2 pm just outside the USF Marshall Center.

USF Senior Kacie Segovia talks about how the class brings her closer to her cousin, Shea Peaton, who is serving in Afghanistan.


Kacie Segovia explains how a recent illness that she couldn’t shake actually led to a donation of 3,000 pens from the Bic Corporation.

For more information

School Supplies for Afghan Children website, including students' blogs.

What kind of supplies the students are collecting.

To donate to the shipping fund, click here.

The students will be collecting new and gently used supplies Wednesday, April 6th (new date) from 10 am to 2 pm outside the USF Marshall Center, in front of Beef O'Brady's. Either a donated supply or $1 to support the shipping fund gets a piece of pizza in return.



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