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Ocoee Middle School to Premiere Reading Video One Year After Viral Hit

Susan Notes:

This Gotta Keep Readin' video will warm your heart. Kids dancing with books.

Now they've done a a new video, a little too instrumental for my taste but. . . .Each to her own tastes.

by Sentinel School Zone Blog

Remember the video of the flash mob of Ocoee Middle School students dancing with books last year? It became a viral hit on YouTube, got a million hits and led to Oprah helping pay for renovations of the school media center.

With fresh video shot in October and December, the Orange County school has made another reading video to coincide with Celebrate Literacy Week. This time, itâs a music video that features both the entire school and a smaller group of about 100 students.

âThis is something weâre doing to support literacy efforts everywhere,â said Ocoee Middle reading coach Janet Bergh. The new video, âRead a Book.â is not online yet, but will be shown during a red carpet presentation tonight at the West Orange 5 Movie Theater.

The video features a song created and produced at the school so that other schools can make their own versions. Last year, Ocoee couldnât share their song with other schools, because it was a rewrite of the Black Eyed Peasâ song âI Gotta Feeling.â

On Friday morning, the song and the video will be posted on the schoolâs web site at www.oms.ocps.net.

But first it will premiere tonight at 6 p.m. during an event that will also include student-made public service announcements and digital book reports, Bergh said.

The premiere is a fundraiser for the Heart of America Foundation, which worked with Oprah to pay for the library renovation at Ocoee. Anyone who brings a new childrenâs book to donate to the foundation will get a certificate good for a free ice cream from Twistee Treat, across the street from the theater.

— Sentinel School Zone Blog
Orlando Sentinel



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