The Oliver Foundation provides grant to Turner to install standing desks into a classroom. Pictured in front row: Sebastian, Mariah and Luis. (back row) Grant recipient and fourth grade teacher Pamela Morren and P.E. teacher Jackie Caver.
Turner Elementary is taking a stand against sedentary habits – one standing desk at a time.
Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Oliver Foundation, an organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity, Turner recently implemented several standing desks and a spooner board into one of the school’s classrooms to provide students with an engaging, movement-rich environment.
Pamela Morren, fourth grade teacher, is first teacher at Turner to provide standing desks in her classroom.
“These desks are amazing,” Morren said. “The students love having the ability to stand up while working and having more room to move. I am so proud of our P.E. teacher Jackie Caver for receiving this grant. We are blessed to have her at our school.”
Like many campuses in Pasadena ISD, Turner is transforming the traditional classroom experience into an action-based learning environment where students can exercise their bodies and minds, while providing a fun and engaging experience at the same time.
According to Stand Up Kids, standing desks help children burn calories, prevent neck and back pains and increase cognitive function. Stand Up Kids suggests that excess sitting can impede children’s learning abilities and may lead to diseases and orthopedic dysfunction.
Caver decided to apply for the grant to help students stay active during instruction, while helping them improve core muscles.
“Movement helps students retain information and focus on classroom tasks,” Caver said. “It is important for students to be active in class because it ensures a stimulating learning experience that engages the whole body.”
The desks allow students to switch between standing and sitting and offers dual-level footrests.
Some students in the class have already noticed a difference in their learning experience since the new desks were introduced.
“I like it because it helps you think and you can stand up while writing,” said Turner fourth-grader Sebastian Reyes.
His classmate Luis Lopez echoed this thought.
“I’m comfortable and relaxed and I can move my feet,” said Lopez.
Caver hopes that Turner can extend access to standing desks in every classroom.
“I hope the entire school understands how beneficial moving while learning can be so that every student will participate in physical activity during class,” Caver said.