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'This is definitely a great blessing': Milwaukee family given free desk, computer through nonprofits working together

Posted at 5:38 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 08:00:24-05

MILWAUKEE — In a challenging school year for so many, students at MSOE put their heads together to solve one issue for Milwaukee families.

They are giving out 100 free desks to students through area charities and organizations.

We were there when Toni Martin’s 13-year-old son Darnell received his free desk and computer.

Martin said, “This is definitely a great blessing for him.”

Her son said, “It definitely will help me with the other school stuff that I have.”

The 8th-grader at Catholic East is one of 34 students the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee chose to give out free donated desks.

“It is nice and better than sitting in a bed,” said Darnell.

His mom added, “I can’t wait for him to sit down and actually be at a desk!”

This is all thanks to MSOE’s architectural engineering students like Anne-Marie Warren, who spent more than 180 hours creating them.

She adds, “It’s really awesome to be able to take what we’ve learned in the classroom and actually applying it.”

Not only will deserving families receive these new desks, but they also received refurbished computers through nonprofit Digital Bridge, which was founded by former MSOE student Jeff Hanson.

Hanson is trying to break the digital divide in our city, through donations from people like you. He explained, “We were able to pick those up for free wipe the data and refurbish them and get them out to people who need them.”

Here’s your Rebound Rundown:

  • MSOE plans to give out 100 total free desks
  • You can keep efforts like these going by donating to these organizations which helped make this effort happen:

Nonprofit Digital Bridge

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

  • MSOE provided step-by-step instructions on how to build your own desk here:
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