Students at Brooklyn school build wheelchair-accessible desk for classmate

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A group of eighth-grade students at a Brooklyn school are helping another classmate's dreams come true by building a wheelchair-accessible desk.

The students at I.S. 201 in Dyker Heights built the desk for their classmate Maria Pizzo, who says she's often uncomfortable in class even with the wheelchair-accessible seating the school offers.

The students added hooks for her backpack, adjustable legs and a cup holder to the desk and plan to add purple decorations soon.

Pizzo says she'll be a happier student and that the desk fits her needs, which means she can be more independent.

Cindy Scognamillo, the students' teacher, says they'll enter the finished product in a local student competition where students go head to head to solve world problems.

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