With the need to host this year’s Wonderfeet Lip Sync Battle online, local schools have stepped up to the plate to raise money for the Rutland children’s museum and battle it out for lip sync glory. This is the fifth year Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum is hosting their Lip Sync Battle fundraiser, and the second year they’ve had to host it online. They decided to switch things up this year by inviting schools to compete for the title and six area schools accepted the challenge! Teachers, staff, and administrators all joined in to film some fabulously creative video submissions. The winning school not only gets the coveted Lip Sync Battle trophy but will also win a package of free fieldtrips for the school from the Wonderfeet education department.
Wonderfeet’s special Lip Sync Battle website (https://lipsync.wonderfeetkidsmuseum.org/) goes live October 15th where online viewers can check out the music videos made by staff from Rutland Town School, Proctor Elementary School, Barstow Memorial School, Christ the King, and Rutland City Northeast and Northwest schools. Everyone in the community can “vote” for their favorite submission by making a donation towards Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum. The team that raises the most money for the museum wins the coveted Lip Sync Battle trophy and field trip prizes. Voting is open until October 22 and the winner will be announced on social media October 23. The money raised helps support Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum’s operations and the Access Program which provides affordable memberships for low-income families throughout Rutland County. The Access Program has provided over 275 low-cost memberships to Rutland area families in the past 5 years.
Last year’s successful Virtual Lip Sync Battle raised $27,000 with videos submitted by teams from all over Rutland County. The outstanding submissions from Wonderfeet’s school partners sparked the idea for an all-school challenge this year. Danielle Monroe, Executive Director for Wonderfeet says, “We saw so much creativity last year. The online format allows for filming and editing to accommodate challenges like social distancing or masking. We already knew it; but teachers are amazing problem solvers and really know how to have fun!”
Some things viewers can look forward to this year are Barstow Memorial School staff’s end-of-year themed flash mob, Rutland City Northwest School’s dramatic rendition of Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love”, and Proctor Elementary school lip syncing to an original parody of the song “Fancy Like”.
Christina Sweet, event chair for the Lip Sync Battle School Challenge says, “As someone who works in the schools and with Wonderfeet, I can tell you that there are no more enthusiastic or creative people out there!”
Go to https://lipsync.wonderfeetkidsmuseum.org/ to learn more, including to check out 2020’s video submissions. On October 15, log on to see this year’s videos. Vote by clicking each team’s donation link. The team that raises the most money for Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum will win their choice of three free field trips/group programs or a school wide Family STEM Night lead by Wonderfeet educators.
All proceeds will benefit Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum, located at 11 Center Street in Rutland, operations including outreach and ongoing exhibits and programs to meet the needs of our community. For more information call 802-282-2678 or follow the event on facebook.