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Wake Forest students paint and donate desks


April 17, 2008

The fifth-annual Discovering Education through Student Knowledge, or D.E.S.K., event will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 22 on Manchester Plaza at Wake Forest University.  The service project was started in 2000 by two Wake Forest students who recognized that the children they were tutoring did not have a good place to study and learn at home. 

More than 40 campus organizations and hundreds of volunteers will paint desks for 60 at-risk children from Old Town Elementary and Speas Elementary.  Each elementary school student will attend the event and be matched with a team of Wake Forest volunteers.  The volunteers work with the children to design and custom-decorate the desks according to each child’s interests.  There will be games and music throughout the event, and awards will be given for the most creative desks. 

Wake Forest seniors Erin Tanner and Brent Sarver are co-chairs of this year’s D.E.S.K. event.  Volunteer teams ranging from fraternities and sororities to sports teams and graduate student associations will participate.

The desks, along with chairs and school supplies, will be delivered to the children’s homes so they have a dedicated place to do their homework.  The D.E.S.K. event emphasizes the importance of a good education.

The event is not open to the public.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Wake Forest students participate in the D.E.S.K. project, to decorate student desks for elementary school students in Winston-Salem.
Wake Forest students participate in the D.E.S.K. project, to decorate student desks for elementary school students in Winston-Salem.
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