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Students learn to "Hop Up and Jump Up" for Valentine's Day

In celebration of the Valentine's Day season, first-grade music students at Truman Elementary School in Lackawanna learned a song called "Hop Up and Jump Up," an American Shaker song, created by the Shirley, Massachusetts Society around 1847.

Students in Ms. Dietrich's class "hop up and jump up," "whirl 'round" and "gather love" with scarves as they sing this sweet tune. The scarves and added dance movements give this song a modern twist.

Picture of students gathering love

Above: "Gathering love" is just one of the many dance movements in Truman School's new first-grade Valentine song. Pictured, from left: Alanea Malarkey, Shaira Natal, Faisal Harhara, A'Miya Sylvers, and Zariah Travis.

Picture of students with scarves

Above: Students Zoey Virella and Temperance Green are ready with their scarves to complete the dance to "Hop Up and Jump Up."