The teachers began the music, and the students of went to work. They cut the rug, shaking and shimmying to the tunes pouring from the speakers.
The dancing wasn't just fun, it was for a purpose. The national network of Primrose schools is in the midst of its third-annual Family Dance-off contest to fight childhood obesity, which also supports the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Citing Centers for Disease Control numbers, Primrose points out that one in three U.S. children are either overweight or obese. The Dance-off is designed to get people moving.
Families can record a 30-second video of their family's best dance moves and then upload it to www.familydanceoff.com. People can vote for their favorite dance videos.
“We’re asking the families at home if they will submit video,” said Susan Ground, director of Primrose School of Cross Creek. “You can vote online until March 23rd.”
According to Primrose, the grand prize is $5,000 to the winning family (plus $30,000 to their Children's Miracle Network Hospital), second prize is $3,000 to the winning family (plus a $20,000 donation to their Children's Miracle Network Hospital) and third prize is $1,500 to the winning family (plus $15,000 to their Children's Miracle Network Hospital).
"In the first two years of the Family Dance-off, Primrose Schools donated a total of $101,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals," according to www.familydanceoff.com. "This year's contest will bring an additional $81,000 in donations to local children in need."