LAWRENCE, Mass. (WHDH) -
In Lawrence Thursday, the mayor joined forces with some kids to make a big statement.
In a spring celebration 1,200 kids and 300 teachers came together for a flash mob dancing to Katy Perry's "Roar."
The mayor admitted, "I do not know the song. I'm going to fake it."
"It is a great way to enjoy each other and bring all the schools together and have a good time," said Darlenn Castro, an eighth grader.
"I think it is cool. It makes us all united as a large school and community," said Felix Santiago, seventh grader.
The flash mob was part of The Community Group Spring Celebration. The group is a collection of charter schools, district schools, and early education programs in Lawrence.
"We are so proud of our children. We serve over 2,000 kids in the community of Lawrence, so this is a chance for us to celebrate the children," said Kennedy Hilario of The Community Group.
Pre-schoolers through eighth-graders smiled, sang, and danced. The song "Roar" was chosen to empower and inspire them.
"I think that this idea of, like, you fit into something bigger, this will show them to do that, that if you work together you can do something cool," said Mayor Dan Rivera.
"If you hear it on the radio like I do every single day, you would want to jump up and dance like we are doing today," Castro said.
Eventually, the entire flash mob will be online for these students, their families, and the entire community to enjoy. Organizers are already looking forward to next year where they hope to build on their success.