Standing desks making big impact at Providence school

Photo: WPRI/ Steph Machado
Photo: WPRI/ Steph Machado

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — When it comes time to hit the books, some prefer to do so standing instead of sitting.

For months now, a Providence high school has been ditching chairs thanks to a donation of standing desks.

Ayo Onajide said it didn’t take long for him to get used to doing his schoolwork standing up.

“I hate sitting down in one place. I like moving around,” he said. “So with the desk, I’m able to walk around the classroom – like get help from a teacher – stuff like that. It’s really comfortable.”

Ayo is a sophomore at 360 High School, which is part of a pilot program through Ergotron. The school has been testing the potential health and learning benefits of standing desks.

Ayo’s classmate, Aleandry Tavarez, said he’s noticed a big change in his energy levels, too.

“When I used to go home, I’ll probably take a nap when I was sitting all day,” he said. “Now I don’t – I probably go outside and play football and my friends. I go out. I go to the gym now.”

The school currently has 30 standing desks, which are spread out across several classrooms.

“I would love to see my whole school filled with these and to have other students in other schools have the opportunity to benefit from this,” said principal Kerry Tuttlebee.

According to the Mayo Clinic, sitting for long periods of time is linked to several health concerns, including obesity and abnormal cholesterol levels.

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