MILWAUKEE — With many students across Wisconsin learning from home, having desk space to work is important. 

This is why a group of students from the Milwaukee School of Engineering are partnering with CREATE Institute to help address the issue. 

Throughout the week students have been volunteering to build more than 30 desks, which are being donated to the Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday. Those desks will then be distributed to families in need. 

While building them by hand has taken a lot of work, students and the program’s coordinator Natalie Villegas agree it is all worth it. 

“At MSOE we really want to foster our engagement within the community and also want to have our engineers here know that they can be involved with the community with the knowledge base that they have and they can create this impact and change,” Villegas said.

After winter break, MSOE students will head back to the workshop. They plan to build more than 60 additional desks for Milwaukee Public Schools. Thanks to a matching grant, families who receive a desk will also get a desktop computer to help students with virtual learning.