ELMSFORD, N.Y. From the top of the stage on Alexander E. Gradys gym, physical education teacher Drew Watson held a portable microphone and told the 300-plus students gathered there what Zumba is about.
Its all about the arms and its all about the hips, he said.
Soon Latin songs like Macarena were blasting on the speakers and the kids started shaking and jumping, following Watson steps.
Left, right, left, ho, he shouted.
Zumba, a Latin-inspired fitness class, was the main activity in the seventh version of the schools annual Fitness Friday, which took all the schools students to the gym last week. Some of them, like fourth grader Steve DAvella, had their hair and face painted with red, black and white, the Elmsford districts colors, and the letter Raiders, the name of Alexander Hamilton Schools team.
At a certain point, Watson asked DAvella to stand up, so that the other kids could see him.
When we talk about school spirit, thats school spirit right there, Watson said.
Steve said that he decided to paint himself after he saw a friend from another school doing the same.
My sister did the Raiders and I did the rest, he said.
He also said that he enjoyed the Fitness Friday.
Its good for your bones and I keep myself in shape, he said.
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