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Joplin Students Get Desk & Seating Options That Keep Them Focused on Work

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Students at a Joplin elementary get their pick of special seats in their class and can opt to stand now that their teacher landed funds for special desks.

DonorsChoose.org gives people nationwide a chance to support classroom project ideas with online donations.

It provided more than thirteen hundred dollars to pay for a different type of desks for Brandi Landis’ classroom and they’re making a difference for students.

3rd grader Blaine Giddens concentrated on his assignment at his desk, standing while his foot swings on a bar below. The new desks in Mrs. Landis classroom are what he needs to stay focused. Sitting down wasn't working for him.

Blaine described sitting saying, "It’s like feeling like you're working then, you're like, you start getting spaced out. Then you go wait I’m supposed to be working. But when you're standing up, you're like, oh! And you never get spaced out."

Landis says Giddens isn't alone in his struggle to stay on task.

She says "I think, so many of them, it’s very hard for them to sit even for short periods."

Giddens says, "I like the stand-up desks. Cause they're really cool because when I used to stand up at the old normal desks, I would bend over and it would hurt my back.  So, I would have to sit down."

Connor Pursley likes them too. "Stand up desks help me focus cause standing up really helps me. And I like moving around with the wobble seats. And the stability balls really help me too," he said.

Landis adds, "They can bounce lightly on those or just kind of wiggle their body around while they're working."

Kids are in a constant state of motion.  The desks, stability balls and a resistance band attached to a chair give them an outlet.

Libby Munn found her legs got tired standing.  She prefers special reclining seats on the carpet where she can fold her legs

Munn says, "Because I like having a back rest so I don’t have to be hunched over, cause my back gets really tired from doing that." 

Landis says the stand-up desks not only  help the students stay focused  which is helping their  academics, she also says it helps with classroom behaviors."

She says, "The talking has ceased. Those that were really getting off task and feeling like talking, now they're able to stay focus for such a long time. It’s wonderful!"

       Landis' donors choose  project  was fulfilled with two local donations and big help from fifty actors athletes and philanthropists during the #BestSchoolDay effort on the Donors Choose website.

     It was one of more than fourteen million dollars in projects paid for during the sites #BestSchoolDay effort. 

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