The ABCs of Afghan School Projects

Afghan students are released from morning session at the Bibi Khala Girl's School. USAF Photo: SSgt. Manuel J. Martinez

A simple gift of a notebook and pen to a needy student requires a lot of planning when the school supplies are being distributed to Afghan children. There’s logistical planning like security and transportation. Permission must be gotten from village elders and school administrators.

MacDill Air Force Base’s SMSgt. Rex Temple became expert on those logistics for his School Supplies Drive for Afghan Children that he started during his yearlong deployment.

Bibi Khala Girl's School students walk home alongside U.S. Soldiers and Airmen assigned to PRT Zabul in Qalat City, Afghanistan. USAF Photo: SSgt. Manuel J. Martinez

But when it was time to leave in April 2010, he had to find someone to take over the distribution and do the extra planning.

First Lt. Rebecca Heyse, information officer assigned to PRT Zabul, sings the ABC song with students of the Bibi Khala Girl's School, Qalat City, Afghanistan. USAF Photo: SSgt. Manuel J. Martinez

Another MacDill airman, 1st Lt. Rebecca Heyse, stepped up to help. She is currently serving as an information officer with a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Zabul.

Here’s a recent Air Force report about Heyse and her Zabul team’s visit to the Bibi Khala Girl’s School in Qalat City, Afghanistan.

To view an Air Force video story of the PRT’s visit to the school and oversight of its repairs, click on the video below.

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