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Kids Out Loud Project Unites Communities in Song 

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Vermonters can participate in a musical flash mob and show their support for high-quality, affordable childcare thanks to a new creative initiative from public awareness campaign Let's Grow Kids. The Kids Out Loud project aims to recruit 1,000 participants of all ages to sing an original song titled "Something Beautiful" that celebrates the importance of nurturing children. The tune was cowritten by local luminaries Kat Wright and Chris Dorman (better known as Mister Chris). Choreographer Lois Trombley created an accompanying dance. Leading up to the event, Let's Grow Kids will work with childcare providers to help teach children the song and dance. Video tutorials will be available on the Let's Grow Kids website. On the day of the event, participants will convene at Burlington's Hood Plant, then parade with African drummers up Church Street while performing an a cappella version of the song, followed by a sing-along with Mister Chris. Let's Grow Kids has spent a lot of time in diverse communities around Vermont talking to people about the importance of high-quality, affordable childcare, said the campaign's creative director Megan Stearns. The flash mob will be "a public, visible way to show solidarity."

The Kids Out Loud flash mob happens on Sunday, October 1, starting at 11:30 a.m. To sign up, visit letsgrowkids.org/kids-out-loud. Families who sign up by Friday, September 8, will get free superhero capes for kids to wear at the event.

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