4th Grade Flash Mob Aims to “Spread the Word to End the Word”

    On Thursday New City School 4th graders joined members of St. Louis ARC to “spread the word to end the word” (the word being “retard”). St. Louis ARC is a local organization whose mission is to “empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead better lives”— in order to educate the public about the detrimental effects of derogatory names like “the word,” representatives from ARC worked with our 4th grade students to organize a surprise flash mob outside on the playground! Students made signs and prepared a choreographed dance to Taylor Swift’s pop hit “Shake it Off.”

    In the middle of recess music began blaring from several speakers and kids and adults alike jumped in on the dance, while students from other grades looked on and cheered. This is the 3rdth year that STL ARC has visited New City—it has become an important touchstone in the 4th graders’ study of disabilities and discrimination. Check out a video of the event below!