It takes a village — that rocks.
That's what the 720 students at Hart-Ransom School in west Modesto discovered when they performed a special group dance Tuesday.
Eighth-graders wrote a song, "Hart-Ransom Rocks," and choreographed the dance. Then they taught it to all students, from kindergarten through seventh grades, during physical education classes.
The dance — one of many end-of-the-year activities at schools — was modeled after "flash mob dances," where hundreds and even thousands of people perform choreographed routines.
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Last fall, 10,000 people packed Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago for Oprah's 24th season kick-off show. They danced as the Black Eyed Peas performed "I Gotta Feeling."
Hart-Ransom Principal Jerrianna Boer had nothing but praise for the song-and-dance number her students pulled off Tuesday.
"This is developing great positive interaction among students, and our eighth-grade students are taking the responsibility very seriously and doing a great job," Boer said.
In addition to the dance, Hart-Ransom students have attended "village" meetings throughout the year. Led by teachers and staff, the meetings group together students from different grade levels for activities meant to build a sense of community among various age groups.