SUNSET -- Choir students at Sunset Junior High School put their hearts and souls into celebrating Valentine's Day Tuesday morning.
Unbeknownst to their peers, choir members from the seventh, eighth and ninth grades had planned a flash mob as most students were headed to their first class of the day.
Groups of students casually milled about the commons area, only some of them knowing that in a few short minutes the room would be filled with voices singing a rendition of Hoagy Carmichael's "Heart and Soul."
"It's just a fun song I've done every year for a long time," said Melanie Wilcox, choir teacher. "It's one of those songs that everyone plays on piano, but not many people know it has words."
The piano music began softly in the background accompanied by a few young voices humming along. Gradually more and more voices joined in until about 150 students were singing and dancing.
Young couples dressed in pink and red swayed back and forth with smiles on their faces. The young men twirled the young ladies around in unison.
The performer's classmates stopped on their way to class and enjoyed the festive beginning to a day that celebrates love and friendship.
"Valentine's Day is about love and appreciation for others and respecting them. That's what this song is about," said eighth-grader Patrick Price Hood, 14.
Principal Rich Swanson beamed with pride as he watched the performance.
"It's fun to see them do fun and exciting things that make choir a part of the whole school," he said.
Laurie Fuhriman was excited to see her seventh-grade son, Caleb Slama, perform.
"I think it's neat. I see flash mobs on YouTube and it gives me the chills," she said. "All the cool kids are in choir these days."
"It's cool that we can get to do fun thinks like this for holidays," said Allyssa Tomlin, 15. "We used to do holiday stuff in elementary, and it is fun to do this in junior high."