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PHuber Susan Batemen-Boswell doorway with their class. | Kitty Conley~Sun-Times Media

Pat Huber and Susan Batemen-Boswell, in the doorway, with their class. | Kitty Conley~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 20, 2014 2:54PM



CROWN POINT — The seventh-grade English students at Wheeler Middle School learned a new skill this year thanks to the creativity of teacher Susan Bateman-Boswell: They learned how to write a grant.

This group of seventh-graders wrote a grant letter to the Crown Point Community Foundation to augment the learning ability in their classroom. They were asking for a set of stability balls to replace the chairs.

Pat Huber, president of the Community Foundation, announced that the students were awarded a grant for $1,454.80 to purchase the stability balls.

According to Huber the students did the research and discovered that the stability balls could help them focus better in the classroom.

The side effect for all the students is better posture. Balancing on the balls strengthens their core by engaging their abdominal muscles.

As of April 11, all the chairs in the classroom were replaced by purple stability balls. Bateman-Boswell says the students are more focused and excited to be in her English class. “All teachers work to keep their students focused and on task. Stability balls encourage students to get their wiggles out while continuing their engagement of the task at hand,” Bateman-Boswell said. “I’m proud to work with students that take pride in their education. We really are having a ball.”



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