Tag: Cafeteria Tables

Will Bookcases Become Obsolete in Their Traditional Sense?

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While we will always have plenty of uses for bookcases, will their traditional purpose become obsolete?  Traditionally,  bookcases are used to keep books readily available for easy reference.  However, in this modern age many classrooms are relying on their classroom computer to hold a vast amount of information; once only found inside a bound paper book.


Of course, there is always tradition for tradition’s sake, right? Books are tangible, feel substantial and after enough time on the bookshelf, have a great old smell.  Well maybe not. It was recently reported that many schools are actually doing way with their annual school yearbook.  Traditional schools too, such as the University of Virginia; founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson himself. Reasons sited were budget, naturally, but surprisingly also because of online social sites. Sites such as Facebook, allow students to create digital memories online and remain connected without the need for a hand-scribbled addresses or phone numbers in the back of a yearbook. It makes packing up a door room a lot easier.

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Midwest Folding and American Desk Give Back

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May 4, 2009 (Dillon, S.C.) – Students and teachers at JV Martin Junior High School arrived at school today to find that their classrooms and cafeteria had been remade over the weekend with all-new furniture donated by Sagus International, Inc..

A ceremony to celebrate this surprise donation was held today at 11 a.m. at the school, located at 301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., in Dillon, S.C.

Sagus President and Chief Executive Officer Darryl Rosser was inspired to make this significant donation after hearing the story of JV Martin 8th grader Ty’Sheoma Bethea.

Ty’Sheoma captivated the nation with her passionate plea to President Barack Obama to improve the condition of her 113-year old school. President Obama invited Ty’Sheoma to his Feb. 24 address to Congress, where she sat next to First Lady Michelle Obama and listened as the President read aloud from her letter.

“I was so impressed by Ty’Sheoma’s courage and passion for her school,” Darryl Rosser said. “I knew my company had to step in to help. We can’t rebuild the school, but we can provide our expertise by replacing JV Martin’s old and damaged furniture with new desks and chairs that meet the needs of 21st century students. We hope that our donation will be the first step in giving Ty’Sheoma and her classmates the learning environment they deserve.”

In recent weeks, Rosser met with JV Martin Principal Amanda Burnette, School District Superintendent Ray Rogers and South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex to discuss how Sagus could help. Sagus worked closely with school leaders to plan this donation.

“This is really a wonderful gesture, and it couldn’t come at a more important time or at a more symbolic place,” said Jim Rex, South Carolina’s State Superintendent of Education. “It raises the bar for what our expectations should be in every school.”

For more than 40 years, the Sagus group of companies has supplied furniture for elementary and secondary schools across the United States. A year ago, the company’s leaders challenged themselves to focus on a mission that goes beyond simply selling furniture. By engaging directly with educators, Sagus learned more about the challenges facing today’s schools. The company has continued to enhance its products to be more flexible, affordable and environmentally-friendly.

Sagus is committed to developing model 21st century schools. By improving learning environments, Sagus is boosting student learning and achievement. Its pilot program to remake two Chicago classrooms has earned praise from now-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Four trucks with more than 2000 pieces of furniture traveled from Texas and Chicago to Dillon, arriving on Saturday, May 2. A crew of 25 workers supplied by Sagus’s South Carolina dealer, Nu-Idea School Supply Company, spent the weekend removing all of the school’s old furniture (which will be recycled and used in future Sagus products) and replacing them with new Sagus furniture.

JV Martin now has state-of-the-art, ergonomic and environmentally-friendly Sagus desks, chairs, cafeteria tables and seating that are designed to fit today’s students and foster collaborative learning. The remodeled cafeteria, a highlight of this effort, includes specially-designed tables that feature JV Martin’s school colors and mascot.

Sagus and its generous partners donated all the furniture, labor and costs – a total investment of roughly $250,000.

At JV Martin, Sagus wants to go beyond just transforming the learning environment. Sagus hopes that its donation will inspire educators, school boards, other industry providers and the community to collaborate on improving educational outcomes. Sagus recognizes that its work is just the first step in totally transforming JV Martin.

“JV Martin still needs a new facility,” Rosser said. “Our hope is that the new furniture will provide a more conducive environment for learning while the new facilities are planned, funded and developed. The furniture we are now supplying can then be transferred to a new facility.”

This donation would not have been possible without the generous support and donations of Sagus’s partners:

  • Nu-Idea School Supply Company, the exclusive dealer for Sagus in South Carolina, donated the installation labor with a crew of 25 workers.
  • Landstar System, Inc., of Jacksonville, FL, provided an in-kind donation of its transportation logistics services.
  • Trinity Express Inc., of Lewisville, TX, provided an in-kind donation of its transportation logistics services.
  • Facility Concepts, Inc., of Indianapolis, IN, provided in-kind painting, design and logo-development services for the cafeteria makeover.

Cafeteria Tables with Safety in Mind

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Cafeteria Tables are a must have for school lunchrooms and cafeterias. Worthington Direct offers a range of cafeteria tables from mobile folding bench and stool tables, to convertible bench tables.  Tables made by either Midwest Folding Products, Virco or AmTab offer safety features such as spring-assisted torsion bars that make folding quick and safe.  Older tables may not have these features and when reading the case study below, it is recommended that purchasing new cafeteria tables may the best way to keep your faculty safe from injury.

Mobile Stool Cafeteria Table

Ergonomics Case Study Olympia School District Cafeteria Tables


Risk management from Educational School District 113 contacted the L&I Ergonomics Program for help at an Olympia elementary school. Custodians at the school were having difficulty folding the cafeteria tables to move them out of the way when cleaning floors. Several custodians had been injured while handling the tables in the recent past.

Issues Found

Custodians fold the 12 cafeteria tables at the school twice a day. In order to fold the tables, custodians had to bend over and lift at the center point of the table. They would then push the two halves of the table together until they locked in the upright position. Even the strongest custodian felt that the folding task was difficult to perform.

An L&I ergonomist helped measure the apparent weight of the tables during folding by having a custodian stand on an electronic scale while lifting. Custodians used more than 80 pounds of lifting force to fold the tables, which is well over recommended weight limits.


A number of solution options were proposed, and these included:

Purchasing newer tables with standard folding mechanisms. Newer tables at another school could be folded up with 50 pounds for force. This would still be a bit of challenge for smaller custodians, or those with pre-existing injuries.

• Purchasing tables with a spring-assist device that would greatly reduce the folding effort.

Spring-assist Cafeteria Table Lift

• Purchasing smaller tables that convert to benches, which are easier to fold up and move out of the way. Since each table is half the size of a standard cafeteria table, this would result in handling twice as many tables.

Safe Cafeteria Tables

Visit Worthington Direct online at http://www.worthingtondirect.com for great deals on cafeteria tables for your school lunchroom.  Check out the Web Specials which offer volume purchase deals on select cafeteria tables by Midwest Folding Products

Worthington Direct Launches New Website Packed with Advanced Features

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School furniture shopping has never been easier now that Worthington Direct has released the latest version of their website that includes an instant freight calculator, live chat and a PDF version of their catalog.

Worthington Direct (www.worthingtondirect.com), a supplier of school, church and early childhood furniture and equipment for over 11 years has launched a new version of their website that will make online institutional furniture shopping a snap. School purchasers, church committee members and daycare owners will save time, and as always save money, when they purchase their facility furniture online with Worthington Direct.

One major upgrade is real-time freight calculator that offers instant shipping rates for almost every item on the specialty furniture website. Worthington Direct’s technology director, Brian Heiland, says, "Today’s online shoppers are becoming more savvy and are expecting interactive websites with advanced features, like instant freight calculations. School procurement offices can now simply click to view their shipping rates and use that information to complete their requisitions in seconds flat."

Freight can be calculated on each item detail page for individual shipping rates, or multiple items can be added to a shopping cart and then rated for a combined shipping amount. Unlike some of the other school furniture sites, Worthington Direct does not hide any shipping fees inside their product costs. Some companies base their shipping costs on a percentage of the purchase total, but that is not an accurate amount for an item that is small with a high price tag, such as technology products.  This results in having some of the lowest costs in the industry and avoids the customer from paying an inflated shipping amount. Gas prices are steadily rising so every effort is being made to keep shipping rates accurate and to a minimum.

Another great feature found the Worthington Direct website is the ability to participate in live chat sessions with trained school and church furniture experts.  Although anyone that calls during business hours will never encounter an automated recording, some people just like the option to type over dialing. Live chat is a great way to get fast responses for questions that arise while shopping for school furniture. A full version of their printed catalog can also be viewed in PDF form on the web now.  Customers can view and print single pages or a range of pages that can be used in last minute committee meetings or to attach to their purchase requisition.

Some other upgrades to the institutional furniture website are larger images and a faster checkout process. Worthington Direct continues to focus on website improvements and to maintain their quality customer service from its origins as a direct mail catalog company. With all of the new and advanced features found on their online store, customers are still always to welcome to pick up their traditional catalog and call for fast friendly service. 

About Worthington Direct: Worthington Direct has been in operation for 11 years with an employee average of 13 years experience in the school supply, church and equipment industry, and knows what is important – selection, service, price and timing.

Our goal is to make your purchasing job easier. With competitive pricing, knowledgeable sales associates, and "In Stock" products for quick, efficient shipping, Worthington Direct is committed to be your furniture resource. Schools and churches look to Worthington Direct for competitive pricing for school furniture, church furniture, preschool furniture, early childhood furniture, student desks, classroom chairs, folding chairs, folding tables, seminar tables, AV carts, projector carts, science tables, stools, padded stack chairs, library furniture, desks, wholesale furniture, computer furniture, classroom furniture, dry erase boards, markerboards, chalkboards, office furniture, room dividers, partitions, cubbie units, storage cabinets, file cabinets, bookcases, lockers, classroom carpets, booktrucks, easels, display cases, cafeteria tables, activity tables, classroom desks, computer tables, desk chairs, lecterns, literature racks, office desks and risers among its large stock. Worthington Direct Launches New Website Packed with Advanced Features

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