Serving Local Students

Delivering Desks to Students Working From Home

Student at desk

Adams Elementary School, Yakima Washington – COVID-19 related school restrictions have meant that students across our country have found new ways to work from home as they adapt to an online learning environment. Many students simply do not have a dedicated place to study at home.

To address this, a few weeks ago, several Wilkinson team members joined the Yakima Rotary Club and spent an afternoon putting together desk kits for delivery to students at Adams Elementary School in Yakima. Once received by students and their families, new desks will be assembled and placed in a dedicated workspace. With over 700 students, Adams is home to an enrollment of students who are 83% economically disadvantaged and 96% ethnic minority*. With the help of Yakima Rotarians, nearly 200 desk kits have been delivered to second- and third-grade students who need them at home. This project represents a significant collaboration between Yakima Rotary, the Yakima School district, many local area suppliers and workshops as well as dozens of Rotarian volunteers.

Rotary International’s motto: Service Above Self has been a driving principal for three Wilkinson Team members, Russ Wilkinson, David McKinney and Riley Wilkinson who have been Rotarians since 2004, 2007 and 2017 respectively. Each have been inspired by Rotary’s many community service projects both locally and internationally. Next up, a massive playground makeover along Yakima’s scenic Greenway.

*Source: U.S. News

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Jim and Russ Wilkinson preparing desk kits
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Meghan Braun and Lonnie Gienger wrapping up final desk packs
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