KEEPING FIT: Bec Johnston, Sam Sharples, P&C; rep Melissa Low, Lyn Mckeon, James Bannerman, John Hart, Helen Stagg, Mona Anau and Blake Johnston show off the busy bars.
KEEPING FIT: Bec Johnston, Sam Sharples, P&C; rep Melissa Low, Lyn Mckeon, James Bannerman, John Hart, Helen Stagg, Mona Anau and Blake Johnston show off the busy bars. Jessica Crofts

New swinging bars for desks keeps kids kicking along

A NEW program aimed at keeping students physically healthy at Dalby State School has received $10,000 of support from a Dalby pharmacy.

DSS Year 5 teacher Bec Johnston supports the health program called Increasing Activity and Intelligent Minds (iAIM) and saw a new method online where a "busy bar" attached to students' desks enabled them to keep active while sitting down.

"My husband made the ones we have in class but we also have these bouncy bands purchased from the US," she said.

"Kids are naturally fidgety, so it gives them a release while they are working and sitting down for long periods of time."

Ms Johnston said half of the funds would go toward utilising similar methods in the SEP classroom.

"My plan is to showcase this class and the school as a kinaesthetic movement classroom," she said.

Friendly Society Dispensary CEO James Bannerman said he was inspired by Ms Johnston's teaching methods and wanted to help with funds for other classes.

Ms Johnston was "absolutely gob-smacked" when she was notified about the donation from FSD.

"I think it is important for kids to remain physically active and these strategies will aid with what iAIM is trying to achieve," she said.


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