Teachers and students around the world are still adjusting to the idea that schools are closed for the foreseeable future.
That’s why Amanda Thiel, a music teacher at K.W. Barrett Elementary, came up with an idea to “boost morale.” Of course, she never could have guessed how many people the fun compilation video would inspire!
In it, we see many of the school’s teachers holding up signs for their students while they sing and dance to “I’m Still Standing” by Taron Egerton.
“I chose the song ‘I’m Still Standing’ because I wanted something that would boost morale for my coworkers, but also show students, even though we’re not in the same building with them, we’re always there for them,” Amanda said. “We’re really missing them right now.”
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Not only was the remote project fun for the school’s employees, but it also brought huge smiles to their students’ faces! One fifth-grader said, “This is the happiest I’ve felt for three weeks.”
Better still, they brought joy to people outside their community. As the uplifting clip circulated across the Internet, it somehow made its way to Elton John, who retweeted it and took it to a whole new level.
While the viral fame has been exciting, these teachers just wanted to encourage their students during an uncertain time. Great job, K.W. Barrett Elementary!
Watch the adorable dance in the video below, and share it with anyone who could use some lightheartedness today. For more stories of joy and hope, check out the Coronavirus Good News Dashboard.
— Amanda Thiel (@mrsthielmusic) April 1, 2020
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