Kentucky couple crafts desks for distance learners
Jim and Gloria Hollifield have sent hand-built desks and goodie bags to more than 100 students forced to learn from home by the COVID-19 pandemic.
in Benton, Kentucky, the Holly Fields air taking in the scene that includes thes birdhouses and other wooden projects Jim Holyfield has built over the decades. He's retired. When he gets bored, he starts building. It takes longer to cut them all out and drill the holes in them and everything. After I get all that done, it takes me about 20 minutes per desk that put together so I can put 10 or 12 together. Today, he's working on these wooden desks. He's already built 150 sending 100 desks out. Every school in Marshall County has received some. His wife, Gloria, makes thes goodie baskets to go with them. It's important for the kids to have their own space because we don't know how long this is gonna last and, you know, looking forward after Christmas break, we don't know if they'll be more virtual students. The need, I think, is going to be there for quite some time. Each group put in is extra security to ensure your child has a comfortable place toe work. Like South Marshall Middle School eighth grader Julius Brandon, who's enjoying his new desk heart came from. I made a mistake and drill the holes on the wrong side of the board. And I was trying to figure out What am I gonna do now with that sticking out there? And I says, Well, I'm gonna cut a little hired out and put on there So that's how that happened. Local businesses and people from Australia have sponsored desks for students. The holly fields have expanded to Mayfield Independent and hope to come your way, but they need your help to share a little love. You know, it's like a virtual hug from from us to them. In Marshall County, Timmy Adelaida, W PSD Local six.