At 1pm today, eastern daylight savings time, primary school students across the nation joined in a rain dance to raise spirits of those in drought-stricken areas.
#BustTheDust began with a video of 19 students from St John’s Parish Primary School in Trangie, NSW dancing.
The video went viral across social media as other schools pledged to take part in the celebrations.
More than 600 schools across Australia registered for the event with dozens across the central west showing their support for rural communities including schools in Blayney, Cowra, Dubbo, Forbes, Lithgow, Millthorpe, Narromine, Nyngan, Orange, Parkes, Wellington and Young
St John’s Parish Primary School teacher Emma Wilson said the idea was the brainchild of a class of year 5/6 students who wanted to do something for the community as it struggles through one of the worst droughts on record.
“All the students are affected by this drought in some way. They see the ways it affects our community and just want to do something positive,” said Ms Wilson.
“Our school children are often having to help out on their farms. They’re staying out later and waking up earlier to help before and after school.
“Not only are they having really mature conversations about the drought but they’re very perceptive when observing adult interactions … all of this is making them grow up earlier.”
Check out some of the best dances below: