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Flash mob reading of the Declaration of Independence

July 18, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Renee Albertoli
At 11:07 a.m., Project Write surprised visitors on Independence Square with a "flash mob" style reading of the Declaration of Independence.  Teens led the crowd by reading phrases in the document.  After their initial shock, the visitors echoed back the phrases.  Project Write delighted the crowd by distributing hand fans and copies of the Declaration of Independence.  As they would say in the 18th century, "huzzah, huzzah, huzzah" for Project Write teens and for visitors at the birthplace of America.

Crowd at the Declaration of Independence reading

 


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  1. Cozette - Philadelphia, PA
    July 22, 2013 at 11:46

    I enjoyed listening and watching the flash mob video. it was Spontaneous and Well Done!

  2. Diane - Philadelphia, PA
    July 22, 2013 at 11:23

    Thanks for sharing the flash mob reading. It gave me goosebumps to hear the unifying statements in the declaration. The words have particular resonance for me in the wake of recent events in the news.

  3. Jerry - Philadelphia, PA
    July 20, 2013 at 09:04

    I was there. It took the visitors a few minutes to understand what was happening. The part that stuck in my mind on this very hot day was the group forming a circle and singing the Star Spangled Banner. I am very proud of everyone of you.

  4. Ranger Renee Albertoli - Philadelphia, PA
    July 20, 2013 at 04:12

    The video from the flash mob reading is now available on the Project Write YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glp7xdvcgbA

  5. J. Publius
    July 20, 2013 at 01:18

    Totally awesome idea. Is there video of it posted anywhere?

  6. Joanne - Paoli, PA
    July 19, 2013 at 03:59

    Love it! Fantastic idea. Hope it was fun!

  7. Peggy - Natchitoches, Louisiana
    July 19, 2013 at 03:03

    that is just too creative. I never knew anyone who was in a flash mob before.

  8. John - Seneca Falls, NY
    July 19, 2013 at 01:56

    Renee: I guess that I am trying to combine the mental images of people on vacation and the words "after their initial shock". There is a certain amount of disconnect there for me. Still, I am glad that it worked well for the students and the visitors.

  9. Pat D - Collingswood, NJ
    July 19, 2013 at 09:20

    Wish I knew - I would have attended.

 

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