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Evergreen’s Family Event is a ‘Great Night to Read’

NEWS                                                                                       Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                880 S. Lemon Avenue
May 3, 2012                                                                            Walnut, CA 91789

Contact:         
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
kgile@walnutvalley.k12.ca.us
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204


Evergreen’s Family Event is a ‘Great Night to Read’
Students perform surprise flash mob dance!

DIAMOND BAR, CA--It was a good, good night as Evergreen Elementary families gathered in the amphitheater for an evening together.

During the Family Literacy Night held on May 2, they dined picnic-style on blankets spread on the grass, listened to their children read, and enjoyed entertainment provided by the school band and kindergarteners.

Parent Claire Ou enjoyed a delicious dinner from one of the gourmet food trucks at the school while eagerly awaiting to see her son Hans perform with the kindergarteners.

Third grader Noor Bokobaigoy and sister kindergartner Minna enjoyed snuggling up with their mother Dalia while reading the books they brought.

Fourth grade friends Johnny Yang, Jacob Pisetsky, and Kyle Zhang said they liked the food and reading best.

“This is great!” said Jacob’s mother Jessica.

First grader Matthew Yeung got a chance to practice reading the Magic School Bus Fights Germs.

“This event let’s us know what’s going on in the school and we’ve enjoyed the family time together,” said Matthew’s mother Andrea Lim.

Students also planned a special surprise for their families at the end of the event held from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Throughout the evening, the excited youngsters kept their “big secret” about performing first ever school-wide flash mob dance.

“The best part about tonight is the surprise flash mob performance!” exclaimed 5th grader flutist Karen Liu who brought Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger to read.

At Principal Dr. Don Trimmer’s signal, they all grabbed their books and gathered together to perform the choreographed song and dance It’s Going to Be a Great Night to Read – a revised version of the popular Black-Eyed Peas song I Gotta Feeling.

The 500 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade sang “It’s going to be a good book to read! I’ve got my book, do you have yours?” 

Event organizer 4th grade teacher Lily Chang said the Family Literacy Night provided a fun way for families to be together and celebrate reading at the same time. 

Students practiced the flash mob dance every day the week prior to the event.

“They just loved it! “ she said.

Shown:

Students Samantha Alba, Jayda Wilson, and Rebecca Taghaboni performed in the school-wide flash mob dance during Family Literacy Night. 

Evergreen students surprised their families with a flash mob dance. 

Fourth graders Johnny Yang, Jacob Pisetsky, and KyleTang during the Family Literacy Night. 

Matthew Yeung and his family enjoyed reading together during the event. 

Third grader Noor Bokobaigoy proudly read for her family. 

Minna Bokobaigoy snuggled up to read Camilla the Cupcake with her mom Dalia.