Desk-painting event postponed due to rain

By Cheryl Walker
April 3, 2006

Wake Forest University students will postpone painting desks for at-risk Old Town Elementary School students because of rain. The event, originally scheduled for April 3, will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 19 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 in 2003 by two Wake Forest students who recognized the need for 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 Parissa Jahromi and Innes Gamble. Each desk will be painted by a team of four or five Wake Forest students with the help of an Old Town student. The team will decorate the desk based on the child's interests. Student organizations ranging from fraternities and sororities to the women's basketball team and the gospel choir will participate.

Last year's winning desk, given to an 8-year-old student, was painted to look like the American flag by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

The outdoor event will include music, games, prizes and an appearance by the Demon Deacon.

"Our idea is that every child needs a workspace in which to do their homework," Jahromi said. "It is our belief that if children have their own desk space and school supplies in their homes, they can develop good study habits."

Old Town Elementary faculty and administrators identified children who could benefit from the program. The Wake Forest students will deliver the desks to the elementary school students' homes. In addition to desks, the Wake Forest students will provide chairs and school supplies to the Old Town students.