Physical Fitness Week had Students Dancing to the Oldies
Posted on May 9, 2012
SAC students dancing to the oldies gave them the exercise required for the day.
For the children in the Sayville Academic Center (SAC) a Sock Hop, held in conjunction with National Physical Fitness Week, was something new that involved dancing. For the adults in the school gym, it was the fifties and sixties with a trip down Memory Lane listening to the oldies.
In the spirit of the event, the staff wore scarves around high ponytails, initial sweaters (a large initial applique in the shoulder corner), and Pink Ladies jackets. Teacher aide Amanda Haase made poodle skirts for the girls. “Rock Around the Clock” played, followed by “Johnny Be Good” and “Tutti Frutti.” The children thought the Sock Hop was a brand-new idea, but for event coordinator and teacher Jeannine McKenna, it awoke memories of the “Lindy Hop” and “Jitterbug.” (The Sock Hop got its name when two-tone saddle shoes were not allowed on varnished gym floors, so kids danced in their socks.) ” The late Dick Clark would be proud.
Music teacher Jeannine McKenna (above) demonstrates how to do the “Hokey Pokey.”
Wearing a Pink Ladies jacket – a “Grease” icon - teacher aid Amanda Haase (above) dances with Angelina M. of the Brentwood UFSD.
Monica R. of the Rocky Point UFSD thinks “Rock Around the Clock” is loud.
Wearing white T-shirts and sunglasses, students learned the limbo. With teacher Susan O’Hara are (left to right) Connor C., Three Village CSD; LaKey P., Patchogue-Medford UFSD; Mathew M., Islip UFSD; Frank M., Bay Shore UFSD; and Janay H., Islip UFSD.
Part of being healthy is staying hydrated. The Suffolk County Water Authority donated water bottles as gifts for the children. Distributing them is teacher Kathy Martin.
The Hop was held as part of the All Children Exercise Simutaneously (ACES) project, also know as the world’s largest exercise class, held universally on the first Wednesday in May. The non-competitive program is educational and motivational and has reportedly reached children in 50 countries. But at SAC, it was fun with a capital F.