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Breton Downs Elementary Students Boogie to Raise Funds

Energy in the Breton Downs Elementary gymnasium was already high before the deejay started “Gangnam Style,” the popular song and dance craze created by pop musician Psy.

Then it practically exploded.

Really, the whole afternoon was a frenzy of excited motion as students spent an hour dancing in anyFifth-grade student Levi Neuhaus leads the Conga line way they wanted for “Bulldog Boogie” an annual school-wide Parent Teacher Association fundraiser.

With East Grand Rapids dance team members and deejay Scott Herriman onstage pumping up the crowd, the 400 students danced non-stop, forming Conga lines, breakdancing, country line dancing and do-si-do-ing with friends.

PTA co-president Julie Kowalewski said the popular fundraiser, which has netted about $25,000 each year for the past four years, is a creative take on a walk-a-thon style dancing. In terms of exercise, every 20 minutes dancing is the physical equivalent of a one mile walk.

“It’s a nice winter activity,” she said, as a song by boy band One Direction got the crowd shrieking once again.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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