Wednesday May 05 2010
New desks for Franklin School
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
School earns $1,500 grant for furniture
Some local middle-school students will be sitting pretty thanks to a grant that will help purchase new classroom desks. Franklin Elementary School was awarded the grand prize of a $1,500 grant from Apperson Education Products. Language arts teacher Beth Brauer nominated the school for a chance to win an education grant ranging from $500 to $1,500 in an online contest that required votes from Web site visitors. Brauer wanted to use the money to help purchase new classroom desks for her seventh- and eighth-grade students. “A lot of the students, especially the taller boys, can’t put their legs under the desks. The desks are too short,” Brauer said. Nathan Love is one of the tallest seventh-graders. He said when he sits in a desk in Brauer’s classroom his knees rub against the bottom of it. “It’s sort of uncomfortable,” Nathan said. Spencer Bergthold is a 5-foot, 9-inch seventh-grader and said his legs don’t fit under the desk. “I have to slouch in my seat and put my legs sideways. If I try and sit up and have good posture the desk lifts up off the ground,” Spencer said. “I hope they have new desks in the room by next year when I’m in eighth grade,” Spencer added. The desks, Brauer said, also have flip-up tops that lift to store items, but her students rotate classrooms throughout the day and don’t need the storage. She also said the old desks are difficult to move when the students want to break up into groups. “Those types of desks are fine for younger kids, but aren’t good for junior high-age students,” she said. Thanks to the votes of her students and school families, those new desks are closer to becoming a reality.