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Fort Wayne church building desks for remote learning students

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The pandemic has affected students everywhere, many forced to do remote learning, which comes with challenges.  

Leaders with First Missionary Church say they want to change that by building classroom desks for their homes. 

"We said hey, who needs a desk at home?” project coordinator Mike Lough said. “The students had to share a couch, or a bed, or sit on the floor to study, and we thought this would meet a need that they had.” 

He says about 120 desks are being built for remote learning students with Harrison Hill Elementary School. He says they were inspired by a national news story by a group called Dreambuilders. 

"I try my best every day to provide a really structured environment for my children to learn,” Marco Diveronica is a Harrison Hill fourth grade remote learning teacher. “Two students in particular were like, yes a classroom desk where can we pick it up, how can I get it?” 

He says he knows how difficult it is for his students to learn from home and how a classroom desk would improve their learning. 

"Even having a desk is going to help them associate that with school, and even though we are a distance a part at least it gives them a slice of what's normal,” Diveronica said. “It brings a certain warmness to my heart, any smile on their faces over the camera it makes me feel like we’re doing a good job.” 

Leaders say the Harrison Hill Elementary students are set to get those desks sometime next week.  

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Karli VanCleave

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