"On Tuesday, January 31, the Peru Central School District’s Jr. and Sr. High School participated in a unique building-wide event, a lip dub mannequin challenge. This event promoted connectedness, belonging, and acceptance with the purpose of enhancing a positive school culture. The Jr. Sr. High School Peru Pride Project (P3) and the Positive School Environment Team (PSET) planned this event for nearly 3 months and involved over 1000 Peru Jr. Sr. School Community Members, including students, faculty, staff, and administration. Assemblies were facilitated by over 40 students of the event planning committee, rolling out the concept and organization of the lip dub mannequin challenge.
This event combined two very popular activities that have gone viral on the internet, the lip dub and the mannequin challenge. The lip dub is a type of music video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is made by filming individuals or a group of people lip synching while listening to a song or any recorded audio then dubbing over it in post editing with the original audio of the song. The Mannequin Challenge is where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a moving camera films them. A camera, mounted to a rolling tripod, moved throughout the selected areas of the Jr. Sr. High School filming still students and individuals who were lip syncing. The creative combination of these activities provided the framework for a video focused on a message of positivity, acceptance, belonging and connectedness, and self-awareness.
The final version of this video will be submitted to the “I Stand Against Bullying” (ISAB) Competition, a contest promoting anti-bullying efforts in schools by encouraging students to create videos featuring bullying scenarios and how to resolve them, information on what to do about bullying, and statistics on local bullying.
The collaboration and success of this large project was only made possible through the efforts of the entire school community. The very “coming together’ was the message of connection and belonging this project was intended to promote. In its very design, we were able to capture this connection in action. All who participated were enthusiastic, cooperative, and creative with their contributions. Some people wore costumes, while others created scenarios with friends and classmates that were frozen in motion. The video is currently in the editing stages and will be available within the next couple of weeks. Once completed, there will be a screening of the final product for all 7-12 grade students, staff, and faculty in the auditorium."