Are your kids On the Ball in the Classroom? Many are – figuratively and literally – thanks to a program called On The Ball. My kids have benefited from this program…without me even realizing. You know those tennis balls at the feet of the chairs in the classroom?! That’s On The Ball!
How Many Tennis Balls Does It Take To Be On The Ball?
Let me do the math.
20 students = 20 chairs
20 chairs x 4 legs/chair = 80 chair legs
80 chair legs = 80 tennis balls to make chair slippers.
Throughout elementary school, my kids have had tennis balls at the bottoms of their chairs in their classrooms. I always knew it reduced noise (and floor scuff marks). But I didn’t realize the epic recycling that contributed to my kids being on the ball in the classroom.
What dos 80+ tennis balls look like?
Think of it: a tennis ball can last as little as 3 rallies for professional and semi-professional players. And tennis balls would take 2,500 years to biodegrade in a landfill. When used as chair slippers in schools, each ball has a lifespan of 3 years. The On The Ball program is an ingenuous way to recycle and upcycle tennis balls in a classroom setting – which can inspire and motivate educators as well as students.
Need some tennis balls for your school?
Launched in 2006, National Bank’s On The Ball program recovers used tennis balls from tennis clubs and tournaments; donating them to schools and school boards in Ontario and Quebec, to be used as chair slippers to create noise-free learning environments. This noise-reduction (tennis balls used as chair slippers reduce classroom noise by 32%!) makes it easier for children to concentrate. Now in its 11th year, the program has collected more than 1,600,000 tennis balls, helping to change the day to day learning experience of over 375,000 students in Ontario and Quebec!
I, personally, think this is a fantastic program for classrooms. Having volunteered one (or ten) times in the classroom, I know how noisy it is. One chair being moved is noisy. Multiply that by 20+ other chairs. I have seen tennis ball chair slippers put to use; reducing the sounds of chair scrapes, drags, and pushes and they are effective at reducing noise.
Want to be On the Ball?
You can donate your own tennis balls to classrooms via collection bins at participating tennis clubs and major tennis tournaments.
For more information on the program, please visit www.nbc.ca/ontheball
Disclosure: This post is in partnership with National Bank. Sentiments are my own.