Helping prepare students for the 21st century, where employees aren’t tied down to desks, Brevard Elementary School now has three tri-stands and nine bright-colored hammocks. Each hammock seats up to three students and will serve as an outdoor venue for reading assignments, small-group counseling, and afterschool club meetings. Staff are also allowed access for chill space. The hammocks came to the school as many teachers are writing grants for flexible classroom seating, among other items on their wish lists. The school acquired them after Geraldine Dinkins, a teacher and owner of Highline Ink, worked with her company and Jay Coan, of Brevard Insurance Company, and John Wayne Hardison, of High Country Tree Service, to pay the balance on a great offer made by Eagles Nest Outfitters, an Asheville-based retailer of parachute hammocks doing business in thirteen countries. The hammocks also fold into efforts to partner with businesses and nonprofits to modify and beautify the school campus. Recently, the school’s Organization of Parents and Teachers matched an allotment from Transylvania County Schools for new playground equipment and saved and estimated $10,000 in labor by installing it with volunteer help from local builders, school staff, and parents.