Walking into Harlem middle school, P.S. 161 Pedro Albizu Campos you would not think anything is amiss. You also wouldn't think that Principal Barbara Freeman and Physical Education Teacher Brien Ling had a superstar trick up their sleeves but they do…. For weeks selected star students of P.S. 161 have been working it out for fitness. They have taken up the charge lead by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. The Let’s Move campaign combats the epidemic of childhood obesity through a comprehensive approach that builds on effective strategies, and mobilizes public and private sector resources. Let’s Move engages every sector impacting the health of children to achieve the national goal, and will provide schools, families and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy. Today, those star students thought they were just filming the moves from Beyonce’s Let’s Move video, based off of her hit “Get Me Bodied” song. They completed a Zumba warm-up and the Let’s Move choreography several times before New York City Chancellor of Education Dennis Walcott stopped by to offer words of encouragement. And while the children were happy to see Chancellor Walcott they were growing tired and maybe suspicious of all the new faces and camera crews evading their gym. However Ling convinced them to give it one more go and no matter what…never stop dancing! The kids organized themselves and prepared for one more show. The dancing began, the hard breathing increased, and then superstar Beyonce Knowles burst through the back gym doors to give a once in a lifetime opportunity. Beyonce danced along side the children and then posed for pictures.
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