Second- and third-graders from Kelso Elementary School perform for shoppers

Just in time for the beginning of holiday meal shopping, second- and third-graders from Kelso Elementary School took over the entrance to Fred Meyer at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.

As a part of their Fit Kids program, the students showcased their new dancing skills with a flash mob.

Fit Kids is a program that started last year to encourage children to exercise. Last year, the classes of Denise Stratton and Jennifer Johnson performed their aerobics flash mob for a school assembly. This year they took a more public stage.

“They’re always thinking of new ways to make it exciting,” Principal Katie Schweitzer said. “This is a more public way to showcase those kids and their hard work.”

This year, Stratton and Johnson decided to try some dancing. The kids are loving it, they said.

Escorted by their parents, about 40 to 50 of the two classes’ combined 64 students showed up to boogie at the grocery store.

Despite the code word, “jingle,” which had to be yelled a couple of times to the excited gathering of kids, the flash mob went off without a hitch. The performance was a two-minute routine to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

After the performance, the kids chanted the slogan for Fit Kids to movement: “Fit kids: strong bodies, strong minds.”

Teachers Stratton and Johnson said the Fit Kids program has been a hit and is really helpful for antsy students who need to burn some energy during the day. Next they plan to teach a line-dancing unit.

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