Danya Rashid, Sejal Khandelwal, and Jayden Grenville in the black light show costumes.
Danya Rashid, Sejal Khandelwal, and Jayden Grenville in the black light show costumes.
Danya Rashid, Sejal Khandelwal, and Jayden Grenville in the black light show costumes.

On Tuesday, March 8, the grade 7 and 8 students at Glynn A. Green Public School put on a black light show.  Every grade 7 and 8 student participated, with dozens of groups performing an original dance routine.

Though many of the students were hesitant when the idea was first put forward a number of weeks ago, their enthusiasm grew as they saw each other practice their routines.

“A lot of students in this age category are self-conscious about performing live,” noted eighth grade teacher Kim Downs. “It was quite difficult because they didn’t see themselves as dancers or performers but once they began to see each other’s performances they began to realize ‘Wow! We can actually make this happen.’”

Student Lauren Dudzik spoke about the process: “We have had lots of fun planning it. It has taken weeks and months and we have been working since January. It’s kind of frustrating because you have to figure out what glows and what doesn’t, and you’re trying to figure out who is going to do what, but It’s been fun so far.”

The show was used to raise money to help pay for the upcoming trip to Ottawa that many of the students will be taking part in. The kids will check out Parliament buildings, museums, and other tourist sites.

“It’s something that the kids always look forward to at the end of the year,” said Downs. “Typically we’ve done outdoor camp activities in the past. We haven’t done Ottawa in quite some time at this particular school so the kids are really excited about it.”