Students paint desks at the 2019 Discovering Education through Student Knowledge (D.E.S.K.) event.

Discovering Education through Student Knowledge (D.E.S.K.) is an annual spring-time event at Wake Forest University. Started by two students who identified a lack of work space in the homes of the children they tutored, they partnered with Old Town Elementary School to provide an exciting and colorful study space for students, with the goal of encouraging positive reading habits. This annual partnership pairs a student at Old Town Elementary with a five-person Wake Forest team to design and paint a new desk, with roughly 55 desks painted each year.

In it’s 20th year (2019), D.E.S.K. Day is a family-affair with parents and families in attendance. The event also features popcorn, cotton candy, and a bouncy castle for a fun-filled afternoon. This past year saw over 400 Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff come out to Poteat Field to participate in this years event and help 42 Old Town students create their custom painted desks.

In a new push, D.E.S.K. raised $1,000 to support educational initiatives at Old Town Elementary. The funds helped to support a year-end book drive that assisted in preventing summer reading loss and restocking school supplies.