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Teacher wins $25,000 national contest

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Updated: 10/10/2013 8:11 pm
SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Candy Tacker's class may look like any other classroom, but there is something different upon a closer look.

It's the desks where students sit.

Tacker wrote an essay on why her class needed new furniture after the 2011 tornado destroyed the school.

She won an almost $25,000 classroom furniture makeover national contest from School Specialty and Hon.

The desks are triangular shaped and students sit in groups, unlike the normal rows of desks.

Tacker said, "The furniture is so much more versatile. You can move it for right handed or left handed students. It just makes it easier for the child."

Brad Olmstead with School Specialty said, "Whether it's in a two, three or four group setting they can share and learn from each other. That collaboration helps to solidify what the teacher is teaching."

Along with the student seating, Candy received a new desk, and there are new storage units as well.

If you're wondering what happens during a test, the desks can be separated and put into standard rows.

Student Beau Stevens said, "It's been easier instead of having a classroom filled with random desks and not being able to move around much. They've definitely been a help and they're really nice."

Student Jordan Wardlaw said, "It's been wonderful having these new desks because you can work separately or in groups with them. You can move them a lot of different ways."

The company that makes these desks says schools are trending toward this type of classroom setting.

This teacher says it's just another tool that she can use to more effectively get through to every child in the classroom.
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