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Building Wood Desks for Kids!

Inspired by a woodworker in California who made desks for kids, Decatur Makers thought we could do the same here in Atlanta. After sending out an initial form to gather requests from families in October, we’ve had over 700 families in-need from across Atlanta request over 1,700 desks, and the list keeps growing! The emails we’re getting from families are so appreciative as there is a huge need to offer a distinct learning space for youth as virtual learning continues.

With the help of one of our Board Members, Char Miller-King, our project was highlighted on 11Alive News:

Our initial goal was to build 500 desks. Because of generous donations from so many individuals, and sponsorships from our good friends at Cofer Brothers and The Decatur Education Foundation, we’ve raised funds to build 600.

We’ve built 407 desks so far, and over 330 desks are in use by kids learning at home; More to be picked up and delivered over the holidays.

And we’ve also paid it forward with sharing our working plans with a woodworker in Chicago who saw our social media posts and was inspired to build and donate desks in his community!

If you’d like to make a donation to support this project that offers individual workspaces to support academic success for kids attending school from home, please CLICK HERE. Thank you.