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Paramus Students Pedal Excess Energy Away In The Classroom

Parkway Elementary School is using desk cycles in class to help kids pay better attention.
Parkway Elementary School is using desk cycles in class to help kids pay better attention. Photo Credit: Suzanne Barbi
Parkway Elementary School is using desk cycles in class to help kids pay better attention.
Parkway Elementary School is using desk cycles in class to help kids pay better attention. Photo Credit: Suzanne Barbi
Parkway Elementary School is using desk cycles in class to help kids pay better attention.
Parkway Elementary School is using desk cycles in class to help kids pay better attention. Photo Credit: Suzanne Barbi

PARAMUS, N.J. — Students are fidgeting less and paying better attention in class at Parkway Elementary School in Paramus, thanks to the addition of desk cycles.

The desk cycles let students silently pedal away below the table while keeping their heads involved in class and "get their wiggles out," Principal Suzanne Barbi said.

"Everything is on demand now, so sitting still is very hard for these kids," Barbi told Daily Voice.

"With these cycles, kids who would usually be tapping and banging away on things now have a better way to get their energy out."

Barbi said she came upon the desk cycles while researching ways to help kids concentrate on reading. She mentioned it to officials at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, which has a health education partnership with the borough of Paramus.

Earlier this month, the hospital donated ten $150 desk cycles to the school.

"They just bought them for us," said Barbi, who has been principal at Parkway for six years. "It was very nice."

Every classroom has at least one cycle on which students take turns, she said. Over the next year, she hopes to add one more per classroom.

Other elementary schools in the area are now interested in desk cycles after seeing their success at Parkway.

"We all know how kids work, and we know they work better if they are more active," Barbi said.

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