Town: 
St. Johnsbury
Venue: 
Welcome Center, St. Johnsbury, 51 Depot Square
Date: 
Aug 11 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

The St. Johnsbury community is planning to show the full force of its support for Vermont’s youngest children at the St. Johnsbury Kids Out Loud event! Early childhood supporters across Caledonia/Southern Essex will gather in St J. for a peaceful demonstration calling for increased public investments in high-quality, affordable child care. This is also an opportunity for neighbors to appreciate and celebrate the ongoing support that the community provides to families. The St. Johnsbury Kids Out Loud flash mob is a celebration and a movement-building event to empower and unify early childhood advocates, providers, school administrators, health care professionals, parents, grandparents, business owners, community members and everyone in between to make a public statement that we believe our state should prioritize ensuring that every child gets a strong start. The event will feature a flash mob performance of the kid’s anthem, “Something Beautiful,” by participants. How you can help make this event a huge success: Invite your families with young children and all community members to attend the flash mob and distribute the flyer. The more people, the bigger the impact! We will be hosting kid’s activities and tables with resources for parents to explore, so it will be a fun event for the whole family. Please send a flyer home with your parents and ask them to sign up on the enclosed sign-up sheet. When sign-ups are finished, you can get the information to us by simply emailing or texting Maroni Minter (maroni@letsgrowkids.org or at 802-798-2162). About the anthem: The tool we’re using to bring everyone together is the new anthem for kids, written by local musicians Mister Chris (Music for Sprouts) and Kat Wright. Watch the video and learn the dance at https://www.letsgrowkids.org/kids-out-loud-flash-mob-toolkit. We worked with a local choreographer to develop dance movements to accompany the anthem. The movements can be adapted to the abilities of the children learning the dance. Our hope is that everyone learns the anthem and dance movements before the event so they’re prepared to do a flash mob (a crowd suddenly breaking into a seemingly spontaneous dance performance!).