Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably heard of D.E.S.K., the annual community service project in which volunteers paint desks for local elementary school kids. Obviously, a popular event like this doesn’t just plan itself. I had a chance to sit down with D.E.S.K. powerhouses Kate Blackburn and Ashley Kogutkiewicz to talk about what actually goes into planning the event, as well as what their personal experiences have been with planning, working, and running the event themselves.
As I walked into the room to begin my interview with Kate and Ashley, the D.E.S.K. committee was just finishing up their weekly meeting. As I stood at the door like a fly on the wall, I could feel the energy and enthusiasm of the people who filled the room. I continued to observe, as nearly thirty members conversed and chatted about the logistics of the upcoming event. There, in the back of the room at an elongated table, Kate and Ashley sat side by side. Despite the many people swarming them with questions and concerns, they seemed to remain cool, calm and collected. Once everyone had filed out of the room and I had the chance to sit down and chat with Kate and Ashley, I could sense their clear dedication to D.E.S.K. through their enthusiastic and eager responses.