Falkener students dance away the last day of school

GREENSBORO, N.C. — On the last day of school in Guilford County kids were jumping with joy. With no more homework, promises of trips to the beach, there was certainly reason for Falkener Elementary students to dance.

During a assembly, celebrating the End-of-Grade test scores students cashed in on a promise the school’s principal made.

According to the student, if they made certain grades on the end of year tests, Principal Pamela Stewart — promised– she would get up and dance for them — and she did.

“We did the Wobble, the Dougie and the Cupid Shuffle,” 5th grader Kaliyah Harris explained.

The kids joined in as did all the teachers. Principal Stewart says the challenge to dance came from a group of students.

“I was doing like this (dancing around lightly), and the guy said, ‘you can Dougie’ and I said, ‘I challenge you to the Dougie,’ which my grandson taught me how to do, and I’m now sure I do it very well.”

The students came through with their test scores so Stewart danced, and danced, and danced, and danced some more.

When asked to grade their Principal’s moves on the dance floor, the fifth graders gave a thumbs up.

“On a scale of 1-10 she was about an 8 or 9,”  Harris said.

“We don’t often get a whole lot of time to have fun, so when we do, we all get a chance to join in on that,” said Stewart.

The celebration gave the students a chance to share what they hope to do over the summer.

“We’re gonna visit Myrtle Beach, we do that every summer,” Fifth Grader Veronica Glover said, “I’m gonna do some reading to build up my reading skills for middle school.”

Fifth Grader Amori Smith summed it up well, “just have fun.”

At the end of the day, as the students were dismissed for the last time, it was hugs all around. Evidence that teachers will miss their students over the summer.

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