Digital Exclusive: ‘Desks for Success’ initiative provides school supplies for at-home learning

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BERWICK, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Berwick High School seniors have come together to help their fellow students with a new initiative Desks for Success.

Organizers say kids are struggling from having to learn in a virtual environment. Gianna Miller, who came up with the idea for the initiative, was among them and says she had a hard time motivating herself.

“My sleep schedule was off, it was awful. And I had nothing down to a routine anymore,” Miller said.

Eventually, she set up a desk for herself with all her supplies and says she noticied a siginifant change in her focus and work. She wanted to help others who might be in similar situations, so she brought her idea to the student run For The Cause Teen Center in Berwick.

Jake Lanning, also a senior and president of the Youth Action Board at the Teen Center, says they immediately agreed to work on the project.

“In he past few years I was very used just having a project, getting it done, you know, moving on to the next one trying to help somebody else but we were in a dry spot so I’m very glad Gianna brouht it here,” Lanning said.

The students were supported by adults who say they were excited to see young people support each other.

“It’s just great to see the kids take initiative, right? And be so compassionate for their fellow community members. And so that’s what I was really inspired by,” Teresa Peters, director of For The Cause Teen Center, said.

An anonymous donor from Pittston donated 30 desks, and the students were very excited when they heard the news.

“Times are really hard right now. Especially with poeple losing their jobs, maybe they can’t even afford a desk. So I’m really excited to help families out in our comunity,” Miller said.

“We didn’t have as much of the money from donations as we do now, so we were just excited you know somebody else thinks that we’re doing something good some body is going to help us and with all that help it helps our project get out more,” Lanning said.

The desks with be distributed to students soon.

“The counselors will actually work together with families and once they identify the families and talk with them, those families will contact us directly,” Peters said.

You can sponsor a student’s desk by mailing a check to the For The Cause Teen Center in Berwick. Find out more information on center’s Facebook here.

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