Wake Forest University students will gather on Poteat Field Tuesday, April 19 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. to paint 50 desks for local elementary school children as part of an annual service project called Discovering Education through Student Knowledge (D.E.S.K.).
This year, D.E.S.K. will provide personalized desks for students at Old Town Elementary School who lack a study space in their homes. These students will also receive school supplies collected through donations. This year’s theme is based on Disney Pixar’s movie “Inside Out.”
More than 50 different student organizations, including athletic teams, service organizations, and fraternities and sororities will participate. Each student organization is paired with a child and together they paint the desk in accordance with the child’s preferences.
This year’s D.E.S.K. co-chairs are Ashton Caudle (’17) and Lauren Formica (’16). More than 40 Wake Forest students volunteer directly for the project to promote, fundraise, and prepare for the event.
Two former Wake Forest students, Tierney Kraft (’04) and Elizabeth Eubank (’04), developed the idea of D.E.S.K in 2000 after recognizing the lack of a proper study space within the homes of the children they tutored.