Working Out While Studying in East High School Library

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Talk to educators and they’ll tell you it is sometimes hard to grab a high schooler’s attention. But as Kris Schuller reports – at East High School one librarian is testing out some unique tools to keep things fun and current.

Walk into a high school library and you’ll find desk-top computers, tables, even a printer or two. But here at East High School Julie Ollmann had added two desk exercise bikes, flexible seating options that she wants students to explore.

“I think they are great, you can see how far you’ve biked, how many calories you burned. They are basically soundless, not creating a lot of noise in the library and I really like them,” said Ollmann, a library media specialist.

These stress relieving bikes are here for a test run.  

“Are they popular, do students want to use them,” said Ollmann.

To see if they fit into plans for an upcoming library renovation.  Made possible by a $15,000 grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation, awarded in December.

“So, we can renovate our libraries, make them more relevant and current for our students,” said Ollmann.

Unveiled last Friday – the desk bikes have seen lots of use.

“I think they are awesome, it’s something different to try in the library,” said Violet Anderson, a junior at East High School.  

 As bookworms – got in a workout.

“You have this little arm thing to rest your arms on, I think it’s cool,” said Suraiya Schilz, a junior. “I got exercise, my legs hurt.”

Even East High’s principal – a big fan of the desk bike’s benefits. 

“When you think of our health of our young individual these days, something as simple as this, as they are reading or doing work, they are doing exercise at the same time,” said Principal Lori Frerk.

“I want students to ask the questions like what’s happening in the library, what’s new in the library,” Ollmann said.

And right now, what’s new are these innovative exercise study stations, where students can break a sweat while finishing up their homework.

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