Challenged by the federal government all the way down through Wayne County RESA, school and City officials gathered with young children at Johnson Early Childhood Center Monday to do something you don't see everyday -- create a "flash mob."
A flash mob is a large gathering of people, who perform usual or seemingly random acts before dispersing. Flash mobs are created for video opportunities, and are usually done to create a buzz around a specific cause or campaign.
This was no different. Wayne County RESA had challenged school districts throughout the county to create their own "flash mob" video clips, which will be submitted to RESA and forwarded to the federal government, all in support of the anti-obesity campaign by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Included are photos of the school’s “Playground Flash Mob” effort. Johnson houses 10 Great Start Readiness Program classrooms, funded by a State of Michigan grant to provide preschool for 4 year olds who qualify.
The best video will be included in future videos supporting the anti-obesity campaign, which Mrs. Obama has headlined. It’s called the “Let’s Move” campaign. April is the “Month of the Young Child.”
Two different gatherings of Johnson Early Childhood Center children were filmed, along with Mayor Rick Sollars, City Council Chairperson Linda Parker-Craig, Councilman Tim Woolley, Treasurer Edward Bourassa, Clerk Cindy Bower, teachers, members of the Board of Education (Debbie Stellini and John Reilly), Supt. Diane Allen and Asst. Supt. Teresa Winnie. State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood also attended.
Here are some quotes from the children:
“We did the freeze dance!” said Leah Pinchot. “It’s funny when we freeze. First I can’t stop moving. Then I freeze!”
“We did a lot of dancing,” Brooke Pawlowski said. “That dancing was pretty cool. I really liked it.”
“We did the freeze in the sandbox.” Said Peyton Locklear.
“I liked to freeze on the bike,” said Allen Moldovan.
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