need Tennis Balls

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  1. darkangel

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    My classroom ceiling is really tall which creates ECHOS!! I would like to copy an idea I've seen other teachers do. They put tennis balls on the legs of all the chairs. If anyone else does this I was wondering how they get all those tennis balls and any other suggestions to reduce noise level?
     
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    Some teachers put them on their supply list. A teacher I know gets them from a country club. They are "used" but still do the job:) School supply stores also have them already cut, but it's probably cheaper to just get them from Wal-mart and cut them yourself. Something else that would work would be those felt sticky things that go on the bottoms of chairs - Lowe's and stores like that have them. They would cost less, but fall off sooner.
     
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    I ask parents to send them in, and I mention that they can be new or gently used. The more expensive balls last much, much longer than the cheap dollar store balls, so getting them used from a tennis club is a great idea (if you can do it).
     
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    I got my tennis balls from a tennis club. In fact, I had a parent who knew someone who runs a tennis club. She eventually got tennis balls for evey classroom last year. I love the noise reduction and it does save the floors from wearing out and not having to put more sealing on the floor for the year.
     
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    Try calling your local high school. Many have tennis teams and they might be able to help you out.
     
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    We put ours on our supply list, but didn't want to wait until the first of the year to cut them all and put them on, so we bought a lot of 150 off of ebay. They were relatively cheap, but the shipping added a considerable amount. You might also check with nursing homes ..... they use them on walkers and they sometimes have more than they need.
     
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    I bought mine on ebay. It cost around 12.00 for about 100 balls. I didn't bid on any unless I was able to pick them up locally because otherwise the shipping would have increased the price.
     
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    I've never seen tennis balls on chair legs! We have carpeted classrooms so chair noise is not an issue, but we also have 6 metre (20 feet) ceilings, so the echo can be unbearable in the empty room. My solution is to lower the ceiling - hooks and sturdy string, then bird netting strung to that. From this lower "ceiling" you can hang kids' work, posters, mobiles, etc - anything to buffer the noise, and it looks great.

    Might be a good plan B if the balls don't eventuate?
     
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    Carpet remnants on the walls also help a great deal. If you can reach the ceiling, you can glue foam to it.
     

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