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Parker flash mob

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Flash mob

Parker Elementary students and parents participated in a “quarantine flash mob” to play music for neighbors while practicing social distancing. Pictured are Chrissy Stewart, Sierra (age 10) and August Pichot (age 6) performing in their yard. (Photo: Travis Pichot) 

As schools went virtual, Parker Elementary music teacher Lisa Vosdoganes helped daughters Sarah and Emily Wheeler keep in touch with their friends through FaceTime sessions. Watching Sarah and Emily “playing” with friend Lila Parzen through FaceTime sparked an idea. Lisa posted on a Parker Facebook group asking parents if the kids would participate in a “flash mob” in their front yards in Westbury, to give the kids a sense of camaraderie and create joy for neighbors. The response was a resounding yes. On the scheduled date, Parker students came out in their yards with their musical instruments, creating a mini orchestra together – standing or sitting at least six feet apart. Neighbors came outside to watch and applaud. The Quarantine Flash Mob was so beloved, it turned into a weekly event on Monday mornings, including themed events. Pictured are Chrissy Stewart, Sierra and August Pichot performing in their yard. See “Spreading Cheer Through Song: Quarantine Flash Mob” at for more. 

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