More than 300 youngsters got the blood pumping and feet moving this week as part of a huge fund-raising ‘dance-a -thon’.
The energetic efforts of the Pitteuchar West Primary School pupils were all part of a drive to raise enough funds to help provide equipment for a gymnastic club that the children have been urging teachers to set up.
“We’ve had an incredible response from the children with around 190 saying they’d get involved if we organised special gymnastics classes,” explained Carol Heddle who overseas all aspects of physical education within the school.
But with existing equipment deemed to be “unfit for purpose” and individual mats costing around £100 each, pupils and staff took it upon themselves to conduct the sponsored dance-a-thon session to help raise enough money for new crash mats and equipment which will allow youngsters from nursery age through to P7 to get more involved.
“It was a fantastic effort as we danced non stop for about 50 minutes with just about the whole school taking part,” added Carol.
And while there was much hilarity over some of the teachers dance moves, the event also bolstered the serious efforts to promote active and healthy lifestyles.
“Our aim was to help get youngsters more physically active and they really have grasped that concept and are now driving this, hence the forming of a gymnastics club, it’s great to see,” Carol added.