Fifth annual D.E.S.K. event to benefit local elementary students
April 17, 2009
Wake Forest University students will gather on Manchester Plaza from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. April 21 to paint and donate desks for area elementary students. The goal of Developing Education through Student Knowledge, or D.E.S.K., is to provide desks, chairs and school supplies for children in the Winston-Salem community who are in need of a place to study and learn in their homes.
The annual community service project was started by Tierney Kraft and Elizabeth Eubank after they identified a lack of workspace in the homes of the students they tutored. To address this problem, Kraft and Eubank created D.E.S.K to provide restored desks for selected Old Town Elementary students. The first D.E.S.K event in 2004 included 15 student organizations and provided 20 desks for the Old Town students.
This year, more than 40 student organizations have signed up to paint desks for 57 children at Old Town Elementary School. Selected students in need of a desk are paired with a student team of five to 10 students.
The event is co-chaired by Wake Forest seniors Mary Ripple, Will Farmer, Irene Komodikis and Gracie King. Ripple has been involved with the D.E.S.K. event since her freshman year at Wake Forest, when she painted a desk. “Not only does this project give back to the community, but it brings the entire campus together,” she says.
Team members paint their desk according to the interests of the individual child. Prizes will be awarded to the team with the best painted desk.