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Wisconsin students collecting supplies for Afghan refugees – New Haven Register

ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) — When Lt. Col. Ryan Casper was deployed to Iraq in 2004-05 and Afghanistan i.......

ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) — When Lt. Col. Ryan Casper was deployed to Iraq in 2004-05 and Afghanistan in 2008-09, he found the most rewarding part of the experience to be collecting school supplies for children.

Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they received backpacks filled with supplies always brought a smile to his face as well.

For Casper, a social studies teacher at Ellsworth High School for the past 25 years, the humanitarian mission also delivered benefits back home, where students at the school collected goods for what they called the Ellsworth Hearts and Minds Club.

At the time he called it “easily the most rewarding work I’ve done in my life.”


More than a decade later, Casper, an Army Reservist who serves as commander of the Rochester, Minnesota-based 7212th Medical Support Unit, is back at it.

Recognizing that nearly 13,000 Afghan evacuees were just down the highway at Fort McCoy after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Casper knew the children once again would need school supplies if they were going to get an education in their new country, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported.

“Many of the refugees have done things to help the United State military, and therefore the American citizens, and this is our opportunity to help them,” said Casper, a graduate of Eau Claire Memorial High School and UW-Eau Claire. “What better way to …….

Source: https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Wisconsin-students-collecting-supplies-for-Afghan-16545234.php