Americus Kiwanians make, donate desks to local students

AMERICUS — Due to the restrictions caused by the Covid 19 pandemic and in keeping with their motto to serve the children of the world, on Saturday, the Kiwanis Club of Americus constructed 24 desks for local students to use to do their school work at home. 

Kiwanis members gives desk to kendall Smith.
Beth Alston/ – Kendall Smith, 7, a second-grader at Sumter County Elementary School, was already talking about how she might decorate her new desk. Shown with her and her dad Willie Smith are Kiwanians Kevin Kwashnak and Blake Hill.

Volunteers gathered at South Georgia Technical College’s (SGTC) aviation hangar to help construct the tables which were constructed using a production line model. Materials were donated for the project by Lowe’s of Americus and SGTC graciously provided the workspace. 

The finished tables were delivered to some two dozen families identified by Sumter County Board of Education and Kiwanis members Meda Krenson and Sylvia Roland. A special thanks to: Kim Allen (president of Wood Butchers) who made the design and assembly instructions; Jimmy Poole who adapted the design for the club’s use; Charles Christmas who coordinated the assembly location; Karen Robertshaw at Lowe’s who approved the lumber donation; and Blake Hill who hauled the lumber and delivered desks; Lowe’s of Americus and SGTC for their support and donations to this project.

The club’s volunteers and Kiwanians who participated included Bill Bird, Charles Christmas, Jamie Cromer, Chet Crowley, Paul Degelmann, David Ewing and grandson Brendon, Blake Hill and daughter Harper, Bill and Meda Krenson, Kevin Kwashnak, Charlene Pennymon, Sam Peavy, Jimmy Poole, Bill Sheppard, Sylvia Roland, Beau Shrable and family, Herschel Smith, and Rucker Smith. Kiwanian Beth Alston followed along on the first deliveries, taking photos of the students with their new desks.

Photo of Lauryn Rutherford and the desk that she received.
Beth Alston/ – Lauryn Rutherford, a kindergartner at Sumter County Primary School, was excited to get her desk.
Chandler Terry receives a desk from Kiwanis members.
Beth Alston/ – Chandler Terry, a junior at Americus High School, at left, was a recipient of one of the desks. Also shown are Kiwanians Blake Hill and Kevin Kwashnak who delivered the desk.