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Standing desks trend shifting toward schools

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SAN RAFAEL, CA (CBS) -

Standing desks are becoming popular at work as more employees are choosing to stay on their feet.

Now the trend is moving from the office to the classroom. 

CBS found an elementary school that will soon be the first in the country to have standing desks everywhere.

Al Vallecito Elementary School in San Rafael, CA said it is motivating its students to move.

It’s more than just their morning routine. It’s an all-day commitment that starts with standing desks.

“It burns off a lot of my energy so I can concentrate without wiggling in the chairs,” said Meadow McPherson, a student.

Nineteen out of Vallecito’s 22 classrooms have standing desks. The last three will be converted by the end of the year, according to school officials.

Studies showed that allowing children to move during the day can improve grades up to 15 percent and help kids burn up to 25 percent more calories.

"You increase your muscle tone in your legs, there seems to be an improvement in actually circulation and arterial function, and of course expending a few calories extra every hour can lead to big changes,” said Dr. Steven Mittelman, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

However, experts said those big changes can come with a big price tag. It can cost up to $6,000 to convert a single classroom.

"We definitely have our work cut out for us,” said Juliet Starett, Stand-upKids.org.

Starett, who said she started the program at Vallecito, hoped to keep her movement going.

She started Standup Kids, an organization working with corporate and individual donors to raise money.

"Our mission is to get every kid in public school standing in ten years,” Starett said.

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