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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Students at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Germantown were “On The Move” Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama asked adults and kids across the country to get moving to promote a healthy lifestyle and help curb childhood obesity.

Dancing to the beat isn’t always about hearing the music and the music in the gym was LOUD so the children could feel the vibration of the sound they can’t hear.

As Grammy Award-winner Beyoncé played in the background, middle school children, dressed for fitness, jammed to the lyrics, which encouraged them to move their bodies.

Across the country at 1:42pm Tuesday, more than 580 schools participated in the Let’s Move Flash Workout campaign. Beyoncé created a special video for the event, which was organized by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, in support of Michelle Obama’s initiative to curb childhood obesity.

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“I thought it was a great opportunity for them to be involved. Also, because it is so visual, it’s dance, they love it,” said teacher Dana Bauer. “Being a deaf school people think that they don’t know what music is. Of course they know! And they watch those videos and they have the amazing ability to watch and learn it themselves even.

8th grader Shermaine Simpson said that she practiced and learned the moves. In sign language she said, “Some may think deaf people are stupid, but we can be assertive, we can get involved and learn how to dance.”

Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3; Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio

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