Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Providing high-quality Learning Environments


The Goddard School’s students in Chanhassen, Minn., greatly benefitted from the safety and durability of Jonti-Craft’s products.

Outfitting an educational space with quality, durable, affordable products is challenging – just ask Valaire and Fred Riese, owners of The Goddard School in Chanhassen, Minnesota. They can tell you the importance of purchasing products that will last and withstand the rigors of classroom use. “Jonti-Craft products continue to be our first choice because of the durability over the years and the look and feel the equipment brings to each classroom,” says Fred. “Our goal each day is to provide every child with the highest quality learning environment possible. Therefore we purchase only the best equipment to furnish our school – Jonti-Craft!”

Owners and educators like Valaire and Fred can be assured they are getting the best products possible when purchasing from Jonti-Craft. With kid-tested features like KYDZSafe edges, KYDZTuff finish, and KYDZStrong construction, every product has been designed and built with children in mind, while addressing the issues educators are all too familiar with. “We particularly love the functionality and look of the Jonti-Craft Section Lockers which hold each child’s personal belongings. The sensory tables are a great size, which allows several friends to experience various sensory activities together,” says Valaire.

It isn’t too hard to see why Jonti-Craft has been the leading provider of early learning furniture for over 30 years. “We would recommend Jonti-Craft products to anyone, because of the high quality, craftsmanship, and durability that has long been associated with the company’s name.” Not only does Jonti-Craft have kid-tested features and customer service that is second to none, but they offer over 20 product categories and 10 different brands, so you can get just what you need, in a design that fits your style.

For more information on Jonti-Craft and Jonti-Craft products, visit or call 800/543-4149.

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management October 2013 issue of Spaces4Learning.