Month of the Military Child began with song, dance and a lot of motion.
In a planned flash mob, two Killeen Independent School District elementary schools joined Fort Hood’s Child Development Centers on Monday in a choreographed dance to the Katy Perry song, “Firework.”
Brookhaven Elementary School in Killeen used physical education classes to perform the dance in support of the month of focus on military children. The school’s 700-plus children learned the dance over the past week.
At Clear Creek Elementary School at Fort Hood, the school’s 780 students gathered on a blacktop at the rear of the school and danced together.
Many of the children at Clear Creek wore purple, the color used during the month of April to represent military children.
Sky Clarke, school liaison officer at Fort Hood, said more than 100 events are planned this month in support and celebration of military children.
On Wednesday, the commanding general of Fort Hood is scheduled to sign a proclamation in support of the Month of the Military Child.
“This is the beginning of the military child celebration and 100 percent of our children are military, so it’s a perfect place to do it,” said Maryann Ramos, principal of Clear Creek.
“I thought it was fantastic,” she said of the students’ performance as parents lined the perimeter of the outdoor surface and took photos.
The flash mob and slate of events replaces a large festival the post used to host. Clarke said she hoped the song and dance routine would catch on next year with school physical education classes.
“We wanted to kick it off in a fun way with a song the kids know,” Clarke said. “The Army loved the idea and wants to showcase it.”
She said video and other imagery from the dance event would see its way into Army publications and social media.
At Clear Creek, physical education teacher Amber Koloroutis led the 780 students in the high-energy dance.
“We wanted to do it for all our military children,” Koloroutis said. “Fort Hood (Skies Unlimited Academy) put the dance together and it was easy to learn and to teach. It was for our military kids to recognize them. They are all excited and they wanted to do their best.”