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Kelowna middle school stops bustling long enough to pull off the Mannequin Challenge

Rutland Middle School pulled off the Mannequin Challenge.
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May 16, 2021 - 2:35 PM

Ever wonder what it would take to make the hallways of busy school quiet enough to hear your own thoughts?

Apparently all that’s needed is the Mannequin Challenge and the opportunity to create a cute and welcoming video for new students.

At least that’s the case at Rutland Middle school. For a seven-minute stretch, the hallways of the bustling school fell silent as students struck a pose and took part in a once-viral Internet video trend. To participate people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a moving camera films them, often with the song "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd playing in the background.

RMS pulled it off with style and gained accolades from the district, which is currently lobbying the province to replace the ageing school.

“Imagine you're in Grade 5. You're about to head to middle school. Along with the usual apprehension, you know the school itself urgently needs replacement,” Central Okanagan Public Schools said on its social media page.

“Then you see this amazing welcome from the community you're about to join. Well done Rutland Middle School! #sd23innovators #sd23contributors”

The middle school was built in 1949 and now has 11 portables on-site to house 46 per cent of its students. For the last 15 years, the school district has tried to find ways to upgrade or replace the middle school to no avail.

School district secretary-treasurer Ryan Stierman said now the plan is to build a new middle school next to Quigley elementary and utilize the gym for the middle school. The elementary school would remain on-site and a gym would be built on the other side of Quigley, he said.

An advocacy plan was approved by the Board of Education this spring to bring public awareness to urgent capital projects which includes the middle school.

More information on the advocacy campaign can be found on the Central Okanagan school district's website here.

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