PORT CHESTER, N.Y. Seven sixth grade students from the Blind Brook Middle School led a flash mob dance inside the Port Chester Stop & Shop on Sunday afternoon to support Port Chester's Carver Center Food Pantry.
The students lined up in front of a group of peers and broke it down for about five minutes as shoppers watched.
No money was raised via the dance but the Stop & Shop donated $1,500 and handed out fliers in shopping bags with promotional literature from Blind Brook that solicited donations.
The event, entitled "I Scream for Breakfast," was held in an effort to help the Carver Center Food Pantry offer healthy breakfasts to the 1,300 local families it feeds.
The program, envisioned by the students, was supported by Destination Imagination, an international organization that holds charitable events. "They were challenged by the organization to find a creative way to satisfy the need of an organization and the flash mob certainly draws attention," said Mark Levine, the parent of two of the participants and a team manager of the event.
Eric Spanier, a member of the flash mob, said he joined the team "because I always like to think outside the box and do creative things."He said the group planned and organized the event and worked with the Carver Center to get children involved.
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