30 Standing Desks Help Pottstown High School Students Engage, Stay Healthy

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The 30 standing desks, worth $16,000, we won by Pottstown High School in a competition against 400 other schools. (Image via The Mercury)

Students at Pottstown High School will soon be up to the challenge of learning in class — literally. The school just won a Let’s Move! Active Schools contest that will put 30 standing desks into classrooms to help students focus.

“By introducing standing in the classroom, we’re actually able to make a positive impact on a student’s metabolic health,” said Bob Hill, education manager at contest sponsor Ergotron, in a WFMZ report by Alexandra Hogan.

“Higher heart rate, burning more calories, increasing insulin effectiveness — and all of that translates to a more engaged student.”

The gift worth $16,000 rewarded Pottstown High in a competition against 400 other applicant schools.

“It was overwhelming. It was fantastic. I knew it was a long shot, but I knew that somebody had to win,” said Pottstown High Wellness Coordinator David Genova.

The district applied for the contest as part of a larger school culture shift toward better classroom engagement, he added.

“This is our future economic engine. This is our pipeline of talent, and we need to give them every opportunity to succeed,” Hill said.

Read more about the new standing desks on WFMZ here, and check out previous MONTCO Today coverage of Pottstown High here.

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