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Boston use "flash mob" dance to promote reading

December 22, 2010

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BOSTON—Hundreds of Boston elementary school students and teachers are expected to participate in a "flash mob" dance to encourage teenagers to read.

Such events typically involves a mob of participants that suddenly materializes in a public place, engages in a seemingly spontaneous dance and then disperses. They are often promoted through Web sites and word of mouth.

About 340 people from Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston are scheduled to participate in a "flash mob" dance Wednesday morning at the public school. Participants include students and teachers from kindergarten through grade 5.

Organizers say the event was inspired by students at the Ocoee Middle School in central Florida who used a similar approach to promote reading. The event was featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show".