Grandview Students Receive First “Stand-Up” Desk

Grandview Students Receive First “Stand-Up” Desk
Posted on 09/14/2016
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Grandview Students Receive

First “Stand-Up” Desk

It’s only one desk, but what a difference the one desk will make, according to Melissa McKinnon, an eighth grade Language Arts teacher at Grandview Middle School.

“My hope is that this desk, and eventually a room filled with stand-up desks, will help students to be able to move and focus while learning,” said McKinnon.

“I understand the standing desk is helpful for improving learning and raising test scores. The posture from standing helps students to be actively engaged versus wanting to put their heads down and rest,” she said.

The new desk was donated by David Poston with Office Furniture USA, division of Bumbarger’s Inc. The cost for one desk is approximately $300.

“My wife noticed Mrs. McKinnon’s request for a ‘stand-up’ desk on social media and she brought the need to my attention. Our office has been looking for ways to partner with local schools. We are excited to see how the stand-up desk takes hold, not only in Mrs. McKinnon’s classroom, but perhaps classrooms across the district and beyond,” said Poston.

The students in Mrs. McKinnon’s class were eager to take their turns standing in class as they reviewed their assignments. “I really like this desk a lot—and I will definitely want to use it each time I come to Mrs. McKinnon’s class,” said Adeleine Geitner, an eighth grade student at Grandview.

“With only one desk, it looks as if my students will be on a tight ‘stand-up’ desk schedule for a while—but they are excited about getting out of their seats and standing as they participate in class,” said McKinnon.

“I hope to encourage students to have healthier learning habits rather than creating a sedentary environment,” said McKinnon.

“The stand-up desk has already made an entry into offices across the nation, and we are excited to give it a try here at Hickory Public Schools. We are very appreciative of Office Furniture USA, division of Bumbarger’s , Inc. – for this generous donation.”

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(L-R) Melissa McKinnon, Adeleine Geitner, and David Poston

(Post/photo by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications) 

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