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Robert Moton teachers take part in flash mob during school assembly

Robert Moton Elementary School second-graders, from left, Rose Kisner, Riley Campbell and Grisel Jimenez react as faculty members create a flash mob during an assembly Friday.
Robert Moton Elementary School second-graders, from left, Rose Kisner, Riley Campbell and Grisel Jimenez react as faculty members create a flash mob during an assembly Friday. (DAVE MUNCH/STAFF PHOTO, Carroll County Times)

Robert Moton Elementary School students sat in the cafeteria Friday afternoon listening to teacher-performed skits about respect, responsibility and being ready to work. Afterward, they looked at pictures on a slideshow.

Just when they thought the assembly was coming to an end, something surprising happened: All of their teachers began to sing and dance all around the room.

"It was just so funny," said second-grader Rose Kisner.

Teachers at the school took part in a flash mob, dancing and singing to their unique rendition of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" during the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports assembly.

The idea originated from a YouTube video of another school performing a flash mob. Robert Moton teachers gathered Thursday to develop and practice choreography for their performance, as well as record new words to the song, making the chorus, "You don't know you're wonderful/That's what makes you wonderful."

Many children got excited when a handful of teachers began to sing and dance, but even more excitement erupted when almost all the teachers and administrators joined in. After it was over, the students loudly cheered.

"You just got flash mobbed," said Suzanne Peters, a counselor at the school.

Second-grader Grisel Jimenez said she didn't expect to see the flash mob because nothing like that had ever happened before at the school. She said she learned several lessons at the assembly.

"I learned that you should be a good role model to others," she said.

There is an assembly every year to talk about the three R's and kick off the school behavioral program. The flash mob was a way to show students how excited the teachers and administrators are for this school year, Peters said.

"The kids seemed really shocked and excited," Peters said. "I'm sure they'll be talking about it for awhile."

The flash mob shows students that teachers and administrators can work together as a team, she said, which demonstrates how students should be able to work together with their peers.

"We're all working toward success for them," she said.

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