Turlock third-graders sing and dance their way into finals

naustin@modbee.comJanuary 25, 2014 

A video by Turlock third-graders has reached national stardom, but needs daily votes to win.

Walnut Elementary’s video was in second place among a dozen national finalists Saturday in the Scotties Trees Rock! video competition at www.scottiestreesrock.com. No other videos from California made the cut.

Walnut’s two-minute entry, starring third-graders, includes a “Hug a Tree” song and short testimonials on the wonders of trees. It wraps up with students saying they hope to win so they can plant trees to shade the school’s play equipment. Bright artwork and clever staging keep the video hopping to the end.

Votes will be counted until Feb. 14, when winners will be selected for a $10,000 top prize and planting event or smaller cash prizes.

Teachers Irene Hales, Lisa Chittim and Sherri McMillan said they are asking people to check out the video and tell their friends.

In an email, the teachers said they hoped to reach “people in the valley who would be willing to vote for us and/or help by posting the link on webpages, Facebook pages, blogs, etc. People can vote every day. They do have to register giving their name, age and email but after that they just have to enter the email and voting goes very fast.”

Hales said being named a finalist in the contest means more than just winning the prize money. “Our love for trees came out in our song, and having the Trees Rock prize will firmly root our belief that using creativity with academics equals success,” she said.

Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at naustin@modbee.com or (209) 578-2339. Follow her on Twitter @NanAustin.

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