Wake Forest University students paint desks for elementary school students

By Cheryl Walker
April 11, 2006

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

The outdoor event was originally scheduled for April 3, but was postponed due to rain.

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.

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

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.