Non-profit delivers 100th desk to Dubuque students learning from home

Published: Feb. 2, 2021 at 10:25 PM CST
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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) - The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools delivered the 100th at-home learning desk Tuesday at Lincoln Elementary School. It happened to coincide with Lincoln’s 100th day of school.

The initiative started back in November when school leaders noticed some students did not have a designated place to learn from home. After hearing about that, a retired engineer from Sherill reached the foundation to create desks for these students. The program started small, but the project has grown as they have noticed more need out in the community.

Jessica Brimeyer, who works as the connection specialist at Lincoln Elementary, said the project has been impactful.

“It is really impactful because, whether I am talking to the parents, just creating that home space and parents just feel supported that they can have a space at home just for school to kind of separate school and home,” Brimeyer said. “And then, just the reaction from some of the kids like ‘This is mine, I get to keep this?,’, ’This is awesome.’”

Megan Elsinger, the school principal, echoed those words.

“We have quite a few students that are engaged in online learning currently at Lincoln and having this option, I had the opportunity to go on one of our visits to deliver a desk, and just to see the excitement on their face to know that we still have that connection between home and school has been really rewarding for us,” Elsinger said.

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