CROWN POINT | At Colonel John Wheeler Middle School, Susan Bateman-Boswell’s seventh-grade English classes began enjoying a bit more stability in their lives this spring thanks to a grant from the Crown Point Community Foundation.
Students helped write the grant application for a classroom set of stability balls and the foundation awarded $1,454.80 for the purchase.
In their research, the students discovered that not only do stability balls help children focus better in class, but they also improve student posture by strengthening the body's core through engagement of the abdomen muscles.
The stability balls replaced Bateman-Boswell’s classroom chairs in April, and students soon said they were more focused and excited to be in 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. I’m proud to work with students that take pride in their education. We really are having a ball,” Bateman-Boswell said.