Use of Bariatric and Oversized Chairs in Schools is Apt to Continue

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According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s figures, the number of obese Americans continues to rise. Included within those statistics are ¼ of all American children between the ages of 2 and 5. Extra Large Virco School ChairsThe numbers are not much better for school-age children and adults either. As a result, schools have started purchasing bariatric and oversized chairs to accommodate students, staff and visitors. Given the figures, it’s a trend that is likely to continue. With that said, here’s a quick look at some of the options available:

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Selecting the Correct Height School Chair

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Selecting the right height school chair for your classroom can be tricky. Many teachers find themselves asking, “what size school chairs do I need for my classroom?”. Classroom chairs and school furniture typically don’t come with a size printed on the side or bottom, so how do you know you are ordering the right size chair for your school classroom? Worthington Direct has put together several helpful aids to get you the correct school chair you need.

Most school chairs for 5th grade through high school use a standard 18″ chair. Some manufacturers, like Scholar Craft offer a 17.5″ or 17 1/2″ student chair instead of an 18″ chair, which is also considered a full size chair. 5th Grade students through High School, to Adult size student chairs are typically 18″ high – the de facto standard chair height. Worthington Direct recommends only 18 inch size for High School Chairs and Middle School chairs.For preschool through 4th grade it is best you measure your existing school chairs or reference our chair size table to choose the best height classroom chairs for your school. This helpful Wikipedia article goes in to great depth about school chair dimensions and ergonomics relating to chair size.

An important rule of thumb is that you can always fit a student in to a larger chair, but you should never seat a child in a chair too small for them. Students in too-small school chairs create antsy, fidgeting, uncomfortable students who are more likely to act out and be disruptive. A larger chair will be more comfortable and fit the student best as they continue to grow. The breakdown of school chairs is generally 12″ chairs for preschool and smaller kindergartners, 14″ chairs for larger kindergartners and most 1st graders and smaller 2nd graders, 16″ classroom chairs for larger 2nd graders, most 3rd graders and fourth grade students. 18″ Chairs fit the tallest 5th graders and are an excellent choice for middle schools, high schools and colleges. 12, 14, 16 and 18″ chairs are made by popular manufacturers such as Virco, Scholar Craft Royal and more.

To measure a school chair these steps should be taken. Place your existing school chair on a flat surface. Find the tallest point on the seat (not the backrest) of your student’s chair. Measure from the floor to the highest point. This should give you the correct height for the chair you need to order.

Some manufacturers build chairs smaller than 12″ high. It is tempting to order these 7, 8, 9 and 10″ chairs for your students, especially when the prices are lower cost than a 14″ or 16″ chair, but it is important to note that children ages 3 and up cannot sit in such small chairs for very long. School chairs as small as 7″-10″ are generally designed for 12 months to two years and will quickly outgrow them. Such small sizes are thus only recommended for early childhood centers that specialize in the age range of 12-24 months.

School Chairs that are Chicken Proof

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Are your school chairs and desks made to withstand unorthodox use or school pranks?  Invest in solid plastic chairs and desks that are made strong and are easy to clean.  Worthington Direct offers solid plastic combo desks and adjustable height chairs made by Scholarcraft that are definitely not chicken of a school pranksters. Visit www.worthingtondirect.com today for quality school furniture products that are built to last.

It started out as the most fowl school prank in Philadelphia history. But now it’s just plain foul. That’s because even after 85 frightened, displaced Rhode Island reds were wrangled out of the hallways of Northeast High School, there is something left behind: Chicken poop — and lots of it.

Enough, in fact, to require a Health Department inspection to clear Northeast High to reopen today for its 3,600 students. Last night, school-district spokesman Fernando Gallard said that "we’ve been given the all-clear" by the Health Department, and that the school was set to reopen early this morning. "All the ruffled feathers have been smoothed out," Gallard said.

He said that school maintenance workers had swabbed down the hallways with a cleaning solution of bleach and water to disinfect the areas, where roaming hens spent Sunday night and early Monday morning. The raucous all-hen slumber party — there were no roosters in the bunch — may have been the work of four people seen on a surveillance-camera videotape near the front entrance of the school at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, police and school-district officials said.

Some students said they think it was a Senior Class prank, because this year’s graduating class is the school’s 167th and the numbers 167 were found inside the school. The chickens were found when a building engineer opened the school at 5 a.m. yesterday, Gallard said. The 85 hens were running up and down hallways from the basement to the first and second floors of the three-story building, at Cottman and Algon avenues, in Rhawnhurst.

By the time most students arrived at school about 7:30 a.m., the chickens had been rounded up, said student Bernard Cephas, a junior. He said all he saw was a lot of chicken feed still on the floor when he arrived. But 16-year-old Yardleye, a sophomore who always gets to school early — she arrived at 6:40 a.m. — said that as soon as she walked through the metal detectors, she saw a man walking down the hallway carrying a chicken. "I was wondering why he had a chicken in his hands, and I said, ‘OK, that’s something new,’" said Yardleye, who did not want to give her last name.

Her friend Traci Benson, 16, a junior, said that girls were immediately sent to the auditorium and boys were sent to the gym before the students were dismissed from school for the day so that the building could be cleaned. Gallard said that the chickens were rounded up with the help of staffers from the Fox Chase Farm, a demonstration farm managed by the Swenson Arts and Technology High School on Red Lion Road. Swenson teaches vocational classes in agricultural industries and environmental sciences.

Gallard said that the farm staff brought in crates and advised school maintenance workers to turn off all the lights. "They turned off all the lights and the hens stopped running," Gallard said. People who work with chickens think the prank must have been shocking to the hens. Continue reading

A Safer Chair

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Worthington Direct knows that not all chairs are created equally, which is why they only sell quality classroom chairs from trusted brands.  Browse thru their extensive Chairs & Seating catagory and find great deals on chairs from Virco, Royal Seating, Smith System, Scholarcraft and many more!  Visit and get a quote today at www.worthingtondirect.com.




A motley collection of 13,700 firearms was ceremoniously dumped Monday at a giant foundry where the weapons will be melted down and forged into chairs for schoolchildren.

The symbolic gesture in this gun-besotted nation afflicted for more than a half century by civil conflict and plagued by drug-related crime was co-sponsored by the United Nations. Colombia has one of the world’s highest firearm homicide rates: 26 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly double the average for Latin America and the Caribbean and about eight times the global average, according to a recent report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. continue reading

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