Leeds pupils’ £1,000 danceathon

Shona Boocock  (centre) and youngsters from Rothwell C of E School at their dancerthon.

Shona Boocock (centre) and youngsters from Rothwell C of E School at their dancerthon.

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HUNDREDS of school children were sponsored to boogie on down during school time.

Pupils at Rothwell C of E Primary School were moving and shaking from 9am to 3.30pm to raise £1,000 for the school’s Parent Teacher Association.

Linda Saint, who is on the board of governors and chair of the PTA, said: “This is our main event of the year.

“Last year we raised £900 and this time we hope to surpass that. All the money that is raised goes straight back into the school.

“We’re hoping to buy some new playground equipment for the children and it’s also a bonus that they get to have fun at the same time.

“It costs £1,500 to take the whole school to see a pantomime at Christmas so some of the money will also go towards that.”

Each class had scheduled dancing sessions during the day and the whole school strutted their stuff together just before home time. Parents and teachers also got into the groove and danced during the lunch hour.

Deputy headteacher James Asbery said: “The main thing is that the children are all working together and are getting fit to raise money for a good cause.

“We also hope to buy some classroom equipment with the money raised from today’s dance-a-thon.”

Shona Stringer, a qualified dance instructor from the Shona Boocock Academy in Woodkirk and a parent at the school, led the sessions.

She said: “The kids are getting some exercise and it is great that they can raise money for the PTA in the process.”

Millie Bowker, eight, said: “We have been doing a lot of dancing today and it is quite tiring but I’ve been having fun.

“There’s some really good moves and I know all the songs.”

Amber Ashley, also eight, said: “I really enjoyed it. I wish more school days were like this.”

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