I’ve been the chair of my school’s Red Ribbon Week committee for the past three years. There is so much work that goes into planning the events and the culminating pep rally, but I have a great team of teachers working with me and each year’s celebration is better than the last.
I decided that this year’s theme would be “Everyday I’m Shufflin’ Against Drugs,” based on LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.” A couple of months ago, I had the bright idea to put together a dance crew and choreograph a routine to the song for them to perform at the pep rally. Those of you who follow me on Twitter have seen me moan about my broken butt after many of the rehearsals. I started out with 100+ kids, but after the dropouts filtered through, I had a crew of 76 students. We’ve been practicing 2-3 times a week for the past 4 weeks.
The pep rally and big performance was last Friday. Just before they took the floor, I taught the whole school the last six 8-counts so that they could dance the steps in the bleachers. The whole performance was AMAZING. We had lots of parents in attendance, and I got lots of feedback from teachers and students that it was the best assembly that the school has had ever. It was definitely worth all that butt pain (literal and figurative) to see the students have so much fun.
The groovy thing is that I taught Kyra, Jaiden, and Kaelyn a portion of the routine (Jordan is way too shy for that kind of thing; he sat in the bleachers and watched). Frank checked the kids out early from their elementary school next door so that they could perform with us. The twins popped up about halfway through, and then Kaelyn joined in near the end of the song. Unfortunately, the kid I got to record the dance had the camera at an awkward angle, so you can’t really see Kaelyn dancing. You can see her sitting on the floor waiting to jump in, though. My nephew TJ is in 6th grade this year, and he’s in the dance crew, as well.
Check us out party rockin’ (you can’t miss me – I’m that Tweedledum-looking blob bouncing around in the front):