NEWPORT, CARTERET COUNTY - To kick it off, Bogue Sound Elementary School in Carteret County did a flash mob. A flash mob is a group of people who suddenly break into dance in unexpected places.
Four hundred and thirty students did a line dance to the country song "Boot Scootin' Boogie". A flash mob is a planned event that is a surprise to everyone watching.
"We started thinking outside the box on doing something fun and keep the children active and be memorable," said Colleen Whilldin, Bogue Sound Elementary's physical education teacher.
Kindergarten through 5th grade learned the line dance in their physical education classes.
"Every time they came to PE, we would practice 10 to 15 minutes before we started class," said Whilldin.
Keeping the surprise part of the flash mob a secret was tough for some yet easy for others.
"It's pretty easy for me because I kind of keep secrets from my sisters," said Harrison Barnes, a 4th grader.
The students practiced the dance for 3 months before performing it. They did the dance twice. The first time they did it by themselves. The second time, they invited their teachers.
"It's awesome," said Barnes.
A few teachers joined in the second time, learning as they went. Counting the steps and learning the moves is beneficial for the kids without them realizing they are getting exercise.