by Alyssa Faber and Ellen Fishter
On Thursday, March 19th the Unity students in grades K-4 gathered at Alfred Vail Elementary School in Morristown, NJ to laugh, cheer, and dance the night away for a successful fundraiser. The students in the lower school showcased their moves to popular hits of the 80’s and 90’s as a fundraiser for improvements to the playground space. After initially being snowed out, the rescheduled date was a complete sell-out and nobody left disappointed. Between a packed house and DVD sales the students raised over $1,500!
Kimberly’s 1st and 2nd grade students kicked off the show to the sound’s of C+C Music Factory’s Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now), and dance they did! With their hats and cool shades, the student’s brought great energy to the audience and started the night right!
Amy’s 3rd and 4th grade took the stage next, dancing to the theme from Ghostbusters. With the help of their noodle props and 6th grader, Jake Kymer, playing the role of “Slimer,” the audience was left laughing and cheering for the awesome performance!
Not to be topped, Megan’s K/1 students broke it down to MC Hammer’s classic hit, U Can’t Touch This. Their Hammertime dance had the audience cheering and laughing in the aisles!
Julia’s 3rd and 4th grade students got funky with their coordinated outfits and hand knit headbands to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s song Good Vibrations. The students showcased their hard work, and displayed impressive individual talents!
Our youngest performers in Monica’s Kindergarten class brought the Latin flair to Gloria Estefan’s Conga. Showcasing dance moves like the Cha-Cha, the Macarena, and of course the Conga, the students did an awesome job shaking and shimmying the night away!
Closing the show with a pop of color and flair was Jen’s 2/3 class. After many weeks of hula hoop practice, the student’s showed off their talents to none other than Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round (Like a Record). They were spinning and twirling like true professional hula-hoopers in a swath of true 80’s neon!
Not letting the students have all the fun, the teachers at Unity put together a surprise dance video and saved it until the end of the show and what a great surprise it was! It was arranged with the help of our choreographer Sam Robinson, the awesome videographer – 7th grade student Naomi Quirk, and incredible editor – 6th grade student Grace Rubenstein. The audience was singing, laughing and clapping along. You can watch the Unity Staff (and class pets!) dancing to Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk here.
The night also included a silent auction of small furniture items and accessories uniquely painted by each class. The money raised from the auction will be added to our growing Feb/March Haiti service project.
Thank you to all the students, families, staff and teachers for their time and support. Also, thanks to everyone who came out to watch our talented kids perform! It was a fun night for all!
About the Authors
Alyssa Faber is the Health and Physical Education teacher at Unity Charter School. This is her second year at Unity, having worked at various schools and lived in the Philadelphia suburbs of South Jersey for the prior five years. She attended La Salle University where she played 2nd Row on the Women’s Rubgy team and developed a passion for sports, fitness, and health. Alyssa has been a certified lifeguard for 15 years and looks forward to swimming every summer. She enjoys hiking with her dog, Marley, when the weather is nice and spending time finding ways to “Alyssafy” (™) games in an effort to try something new every day.
Ellen Fishter came to Unity Charter School as the Technology Teacher last March. Prior to that she taught in Clark for four years and before that, Livingston for 15 years. When not working, she enjoys watching her children play collegiate lacrosse, photography, biking, sewing, and enjoying time with friends and family.
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