Grantee Blog 2020

Pedal Desks a Huge Success

In September, Alexander Batcho Intermediate School (ABIS) welcomed four new pedal desks to its Special Education classrooms. These pedal desks are a key tool in getting students physically engaged throughout the school day. Within only a few short weeks, their positive impact is already apparent to students, teachers and school administration.


The students in both classrooms have been enjoying and benefitting from these desks, as described in their own words below.

“The bike gives you a really good workout while you do your assignments.” – Liam W.

“I love to sit up high and get some exercise in class.” -Nicole M

“I like how I can do two things at one time, exercise and learn.” – Andrew V

“It’s nice to have a bike to use in class. It’s fun!” – Jaziel M

“They are so cool and help me with my work!” – Anthony K.

“I like pedaling and doing my work.” – Yexon C.

“They are very useful.” – Jayz U.

“I like them, they relax me.”- Faith


The desks have become an integral part of the classroom setting, with different students using them all day long. They provide needed physical activity outside of their designated physical education classes and support some students burning extra energy they previously were not able to do in the classroom.

In addition to the pedal desks, ABIS continues to grow produce with its AeroGardens. The program will soon begin its expansion to incorporate the outdoor school garden. All the supplies, equipment, seeds, etc. that are needed are already with the school, and the full team will be convening to finalize the plan for launching this garden. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, SNAP-Ed at Zufall Health and RWJUH Somerset will continue their support of the school garden and nutrition programming beyond 2021. The goal of long-term success continues to remain at the forefront of this initiative.

About the Grantee

Somerset Health Care Foundation

Healthier Somerset is a coalition created to improve the health and well-being of those who live and work in Somerset County. We promote healthy lifestyles through collaboration among 50 partner organizations representing thousands of Somerset County residents, businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, public health officials, healthcare providers, government, and faith-based organizations.