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Company Donates Lap Desks for Students

Company Manufactures and Donates Over 1,000 Lap Desks for SPS Students
Posted on 02/11/2021

Approximately 1,500 lap desks will be distributed this week to students to help make remote learning as comfortable as possible thanks to a donation from Eastman, a Tennessee-based specialty materials company with a manufacturing plant located in Springfield’s Indian Orchard neighborhood.


The company began production of the lap desks specifically for Springfield Public Schools students at the urging of Elias Brookings Elementary School Adjustment Counselor Gianna Allentuck, who serves as a member of Eastman’s Community Advisory Panel. During the conversation, Allentuck explained that since COVID-19 caused a shift to remote learning, many students were not equipped with desks at home. Shawn Pace, site manager of the Indian Orchard plant, said that upon learning of the need, the company “stepped up to help without hesitation.”


“I appreciate members of our Community Advisory Panel recognizing the need, understanding the potential to use Eastman materials to meet the need, and bringing it to our attention,” said Pace. “It is this type of collaboration and support that makes me proud to be part of Eastman and this community. As we continue to navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastman remains committed to helping the site communities where we work and live.”


The lap desks are made of Eastman Spectar™ copolyester, a premier product for creating durable, sustainable applications, including point-of-purchase displays, shelving systems, and sanitary barriers. Designed for comfort and usefulness, the desk can be placed on a bed or couch.


“It’s exactly what so many of our students need,” said Allentuck. “It will give them a sturdy desk to place their computer on and to do work on rather than a mattress or using their laps, which many are doing now. I’d like to personally thank Eastman on behalf of our students for this amazing donation.”


Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “Once again our friends at Eastman have stepped up to the plate to help our community.  I am deeply appreciative and thankful to Eastman Corp. and their leadership team for their generosity and compassion as we continue to work together to mitigate and defeat this COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  These desks will go a long way in helping our students and families.  I want to also thank Gianna Allentuck for her continued and unyielding efforts on behalf of our students. Superintendent Warwick and I are truly thankful to Shawn Pace and his team at Eastman for their continued commitment to our Springfield community.”


Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick thanked Eastman, Allentuck and Assistant Superintendent Lydia Martinez, who granted approval and helped supervise the process for working together to address a student need so completely.

“It is very rare to have a donor actually set out to produce a product that has been pinpointed as a real need for our students,” said Warwick. “We are so very grateful to Eastman. We understand the tremendous amount of resources they poured into this project, which will make the learning experience so much better for our students. It’s truly special that Gianna went out on a limb for our students with the request and really spectacular that Eastman was so receptive.  And with Assistant Superintendent Martinez managing the project, it was a fluid process.”


Desks are being distributed on a first-come, first serve basis during regular meal distribution hours. 

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