Let’s Grow Kids, Vermont musicians team up for early childhood anthem & flash mob
On Sunday, October 1st Let’s Grow Kids will gather 1,000 community members from across the state on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington in support of Vermont’s youngest children. The event, “Kids Out Loud!”, will feature a live concert debut of the new anthem for kids co-written and performed by Vermont musicians Kat Wright and Chris Dorman (aka Mister Chris), a parade down Church Street, and a flash mob performance of the anthem including choreography by Lois Trombley.
“We’ve joined forces with some of Vermont’s most talented artists to create an inspiring public demonstration in support of early childhood and making kids a priority in the state of Vermont,” said Let’s Grow Kids Campaign Director Robyn Freedner-Maguire. “Each of us has a role to play in making sure all Vermont’s children get a strong start. This is truly an event for all ages. We’ll have legislators, business leaders and advocates alongside families, kids and early childhood professionals,” Freedner-Maguire said.
Thanks to Dealer.com’s sponsorship and the generosity of Appletree Child Care Center and Emerson Falls Playcare, Let’s Grow Kids is helping to transport supporters from Bennington, Brattleboro, Bradford and many towns in between to Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace for the October 1 event. Burlington-based video production company Urban Rhino is donating its services to record the parade, flash mob and concert to create a music video and television commercial.
Let’s Grow Kids supporters are learning and teaching the anthem and choreography throughout the month of September in preparation for the October 1 event. A recording of the anthem, called “Something Beautiful,” as well as an instructional video teaching choreography for the flash mob performance, are available on Let’s Grow Kids’ website at http://www.letsgrowkids.org/kids-out-loud. The first 500 children registered for the event will receive a free action hero cape.
“We know Vermont has a serious child care challenge and there’s a real need for change to better support the healthy development of Vermont’s children as well as our families, businesses, and ultimately, our economy. Kids Out Loud! is a fun way to celebrate kids and think about what we can do for them and get people across our state inspired to take action,” Freedner-Maguire said.
Kids Out Loud! will start at 10:30 AM with registration at the Hood Plant where Let’s Grow Kids will be handing out free action hero capes for children. The parade up Church Street Marketplace will start at 11:30 AM culminating with a flash mob performance of the anthem at noon, a concert with Vermont musicians and featured speakers.
Find more information and sign up for Kids Out Loud! at http://www.letsgrowkids.org/kids-out-loud.
About Let’s Grow Kids
Let's Grow Kids is a statewide campaign about the need for more high-quality, affordable child care in Vermont to better support our children, families, communities and economy. More than 70% of Vermont children under age 6 have all of their parents in the labor force, meaning they're likely to need care. Yet, nearly half of those infants and toddlers don't have access to any regulated care, and nearly 80% don't have access to high-quality programs. Our goal is to gain public support for increased, sustainable investment that gives all children the chance to reach their full potential. Let’s Grow Kids is an initiative of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children with support from the Turrell Fund. For more information visit www.letsgrowkids.org.