A "Good Time" was had by students, staff and parents at Wednesday afternoon as hundreds participated in a flash mob in an .
Walt Disney Elementary is in the running for one of the top five spots for Avery's Give Back to Schools' competition. It's been teetering between forth and sixth place but needs to finish in the the top five to win $13,500 in cash, gift cards and school supplies. The school had been competing for months again nearly 9,000 schools nationwide.
Anyone with an email address can vote for Walt Disney Elementary once per day through Friday.
"I was just hoping to get top 100 nationally," said Principal Curtis Haar. "I had no idea how much the community embraced this."
In a final attempt to urge folks to vote, about half the school — 250 students — filled the blacktop to perform to Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Good Time." They learned the entire performance during lunch Wednesday afternoon. Even San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson showed up to dance in support.
"It's stuff like this that really builds that sense of community," Clarckson said.
Since May, . From posting signs in cars to making nightly phone calls, Executive Vice President of the PTA Val Mohr said many have spent the past few months creatively getting the word out for votes.
"Online social networking, old-fashioned word of mouth, the marquee at school...it's basically all about the kids," she said.
Hamilton Erridge has two daughters currently attending Walt Disney Elementary. He said parents have taken the competition very seriously in hopes of getting the extra resources for the school.
"It's almost crazy the amount of phone calling that's been done," he said. "It does show how tight the network is among the parents."
With a prize of $13,500, the money is expected to make a world of a difference for the school especially with the state budget cuts.
"It helps free up funds that would be for school supplies to go towards programs instead," Haar said.
To vote for Walt Disney Elementary, visit http://givebacktoschools.avery.com/schools/10679
Don’t have time to vote but still want to help? Consider making a donation to the school’s non-profit fundraising arm, which primarily funds the school’s librarian, computer instructor, classroom aides and technology for the computer lab.
You can find a donation button at the bottom of this webpage: http://www.des.srvusd.k12.ca.us/DESEF