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Anti-bullying message at heart of flash mob
Anti-bullying message at heart of flash mob

Teachers surprised Netherwood Knoll kids at the end of an assembly when staff staged a flash mob.

On Friday morning, Netherwood Knoll Elementary School held a welcome assembly for the students where school and bus rules were reviewed. Information Technology Literacy Teacher Pam Sengos said at the close of the assembly, teachers shed sweaters and zip-ups to reveal orange T-shirts with "How Big Is Your Brave?" written on them and performed a short dance to the song "Brave" by Sara Bareilles.

The flash mob was second-grade teacher Andrea DeNure's idea. Over the summer she was inspired by the song, which includes lyrics like "you can be amazing/you can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug/you can be the outcast/or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love/or you can start speaking up."

DeNure organized the surprise dance in keeping with the school's focus on positive behavior, fitness and reducing bullying, Sengos said.

Sengos said a committee at Netherwood Knoll concentrated on school-wide community felt Bareilles' pop song would be a good way to start the year.

The mob started with a handful of staff, who were joined by more teachers throughout the song. The flash mob finished with teachers pulling students from the bleachers to the gym floor to dance freestyle together.



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