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Annual desk-painting event benefits Old Town Elementary students

April 16, 2007

More than 30 student groups will take part in the fourth annual desk-painting event at Wake Forest University April 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Manchester Plaza.

The colorful, custom-decorated desks will go to at-risk students at Old Town Elementary School.

The service project, called D.E.S.K or Discovering Education through Student Knowledge, was started by two Wake Forest students who recognized the need for elementary students they were tutoring to have better spaces at home to do schoolwork.

D.E.S.K. is co-chaired this year by Wake Forest seniors Kendra Armstrong and James Bacon.

Each elementary school student will attend the event and be matched up with a team of Wake Forest students.  The teams decorate the desks based on the child’s interests.  Student organizations ranging from fraternities and sororities to athletic teams and musical groups will participate.

The outdoor event will include music, games, prizes and a giant inflatable slide. Old Town Elementary faculty and administrators identified children who could benefit from the program.  In addition to desks, the Wake Forest students will provide chairs and school supplies to the students.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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