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Gotta keep reading

Reading specialist's students dance and sing to promote literacy

Janet Bergh is all about reading. But it was something she watched on TV that made a difference in the lives of hundreds of students at Ocoee [Fla.] Middle School.

What Bergh saw was last season's premiere episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, where a flash mob of several thousand participants danced in unison to "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. Bergh, a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Longwood, Fla., thought there must be a way to re-create that excitement at her school and use it to improve literacy.

Janet Bergh appears on the set of Gotta
Janet Bergh appears on the set of Gotta Keep Readin', where the reading specialist at Ocoee [Fla.] Middle School had students dancing and singing to promote literacy.

"I thought, we can do this, and the kids would get such a kick out of it," Bergh said. "So the first thing we did was rewrite the lyrics to the song."

The new version begins "Gotta Keep Reading/Cause this book's gonna be a good book."

Next, Bergh received permission from the song's publisher to go forward with the project.


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