Tag: Classroom Furniture

Jonti-Craft Furniture Shipping in 5 Days!

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Summer is the busiest time of year for school and educational furniture makers.  They are working tireless hours to meet the demands of the nation’s return to the classroom.  Veteran school purchasers know to get their school furniture orders in early, to avoid empty classrooms on the first day of class.  However, newcomers still have hope when it comes to last minute furniture purchases.

Jonti-Craft Furniture Ships in 5 Days!

Jonti-Craft is currently shipping out in 5 business days or sooner for almost their entire educational furniture line.  ”We know how stressful this time of year can be, especially when preparing for the upcoming school year.” Jonti-Craft understands that Making sure products are in place when school starts can be difficult to manage with long shipping times.” That’s why they are working hard to ship in 5 days or less.

While Jonti-Craft has a large focus on preschool and early childhood furniture products, they do carry general classroom furniture essentials such as activity tables, student stack chairs, bookcases and classroom storage units.  All of their products are GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM indoor air quality certified as well as CPSIA approved, and nearly all of their products are made in the USA and come with a lifetime warranty.  So all you newcomers (and veterans too) contact your favorite school furniture supplier, Worthington Direct, for discount pricing on all Jonti-Craft items today!

Smith System Furniture on School Pride

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Anyone keeping up with the progress made on NBC’s new show School Pride, and that has a fondness for well designed furniture may have been excited to see Smith System’s furniture being showcased on a recent episode.  The school selected for a much needed regroup was Kingston Springs Elementary School.  Their Tennessee school was engulfed in flood water in May of this year and suffered building damage as well as the loss of books, technology and school furniture.

Volunteers helped unload a substantial gift of school furniture products from Smith System including their new Flavors School Chairs that offer flexible and ergonomic seating in fantastic colors.  Interchange Student Desks were brought in to offer a long-term student workspace solution that allow individual study or can be grouped for cooperative learning activities.   Teacher’s eager to return to their curriculum, also received new Planner Teacher Desks and files for classroom storage.

“Despite the devastation of the flood, Kingston Springs Elementary School will come back stronger than ever due to the opportunity presented by ‘School Pride,’” says Molly Risdall Parnell, national sales manager for Smith System. “Teachers and students will get the 21st Century solutions that they deserve, including flexible and collaborative furniture designed to better educational experiences in the long term.”

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Bretford- Oldest Furniture Contest

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Fans of our Facebook page know that we appreciate the longevity that our school furniture selection offers our customers.  Furniture that was built to last, does just that.  Bretford is now giving away an incredible prize to those who have held onto those classic school furniture pieces of days gone by.  They are asking for video submissions highlighting their old Bretford furniture products that are still in use.  This should be easy, as it’s hard to walk into any school and not see a TV or projector perched on top of a Bretford cart.  Bretford TV Cart

For the last 60-plus years, Bretford has been making tables, carts, shelving and other furniture products for K-12 and higher education environments. Many of Bretford’s earliest models are still being used.  Bretford’s “Oldest Product” video contest is open to all educators, business professionals and facilities managers that either use or select furniture products in a school or training facility. Entrants must provide proof of employment.  Entrants may submit their “Oldest Product” videos between June 7, 2010 and July 31, 2010. The grand prize winner will be selected on August 16, 2010.

So what’s the prize? You guessed it, more Bretford classroom furniture!  A whole room’s worth to be exact.  One facility will receive a full room of Bretford furniture to accommodate 30 students/professionals, just in time for the 2010/2011 school year. The grand prize package will consist of:

For a full list of contest rules and submission details, please visit http://sandbox.bretford.com/contests/contest.php.   Good Luck!

The History of One-Room Schools

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One-room schools were commonplace throughout rural portions of various countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Ireland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In most rural (country) and small town schools, all of the students met in a single room. There, a single teacher taught academic basics to five to eight grade levels of elementary-age boys and girls.

The quality of facilities at one-room schools varied with local economic conditions, but generally, the number of children at each grade level would vary with local populations. Most buildings were of simple frame construction, some with the school bell on a cupola. In Midwestern states, sod construction was also used, as well as stone in areas such as portions of the southwest where trees were scarce. In some locations, the schoolhouse was painted red, but most seem to have been white.

The blackboard really is a black board, made of wide boards painted black. It was not until much later that slate was used for chalkboards, although students often had individual slates for writing practice.

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