With video & gallery: Logan Elementary staff surprises students with flash mob on last day of school
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There is only one word to describe the end-of-the-year assembly at Logan Elementary School: Dynamite.
During the assembly, Principal Terra Webster announced that Misty Noble, Logan music teacher, prepared a special song for the students’ last day. Noble took to the piano and began playing a tune, but she only made it through a few bars before Taio Cruz blasted through the speakers and Logan’s teaching staff and principals ran up on stage.
The Logan Elementary students burst into fits of giggles and applause and by the middle of Cruz’s hit song “Dynamite,” pupils from kindergarten to fifth grade were singing along, belting out the chorus.
“Just seeing their faces — their faces were awesome,” Webster said after the performance. “It was hard to dance and not laugh at their expressions. I would forget the moves because I was so busy watching how they were reacting!”
Friday marked the last day of school for Ann Arbor Public Schools. Most of the Washtenaw County districts are now done with class for the summer.
Logan’s staff had been planning the flash mob to mark the final day for months and practicing religiously for about a week, Webster said.
She added that the staff was able to keep the flash mob a secret and surprise all the kids was fantastic and “so worth it.”
Teacher Katy (LaCroix) Wagner and office secretary Donna Brown came up with the idea and choreography and approached Webster about a meeting.
“My first thought was, ‘Oh no, this can’t be good’ and ‘How much is it going to cost me?’” she said with a chuckle. “But when they told me what they wanted to do, I was immediately like YES!”
Kindergartener Saanui Jingilipalem said she had never seen her teachers that “crazy,” but that the dance was “really cool.” She said she knew all the lyrics because she heard the song as a preschooler.
Saanui’s classmate Andrew Zhang, who also knew the words, said the song “will be stuck in his brain forever” now.
“But I don’t want to get it out,” Saanui said with a big grin, while doing a little dance.
The students were both excited to be done with school and to go on a variety of trips and to summer camp this summer. Saanui said she will miss art class, though, until fall.
Webster said she is happy the staff was able to give students such a fun sendoff today.
“I’m not sure how we’ll top it next year. Maybe we’ll get Justin Beiber to come or something.”
“But that we’d really never be able to top, so maybe we can save that for the year I retire,” Webster said grinning.