There was a rock concert at Cider Mill earlier this month, and you’d never guess who the rock stars were who got the kids on their feet–all in the name of reading.

The Cider Mill Reading Rock Stars kicked off the Wilton Education Foundation “Reading Rocks!” fundraiser with a rousing concert to get the kids excited. Underneath the radical hair and grunge stage costumes were teachers who the kids were more accustomed to seeing in the front of a classroom rather than plugged into amps up on stage–Andrew Pearson, Kate Sheahan, Tim Gallo, Frank Coomaraswamy (seen above with drummer and non-CM staffer Matt Model; missing is CM music teacher Ken Hayashi).

The students were so excited they got up and danced along to the music as their teachers put on an incredible show.

Cider Mill rocks! #wiltonwayct

— Dr. Kevin J. Smith (@DrKevinJSmith95) January 6, 2017

Now, another day that the CM kids are eagerly anticipating is coming up–this Friday, Jan. 27, which is “Dress Like a Rockstar Day” for all students at Miller Driscoll and Cider Mill schools. It’s also the deadline for all “Reading Rocks!” pledge forms to be returned. In the past, kids, teachers and even administrators have really gotten into the spirit of the day and dress to impress in their best rock star getups.

The Reading Rocks! program is now in its 6th consecutive year. In that time, the fun, non-competitive Read-A-Thon program has raised more than $200,000 for Wilton schools. Proceeds have helped WEF fund SMARTBoard purchases, an iPad Learning Lab, the iPad Institute, the StarLab portable planetarium, professional development for teachers, and literacy initiatives in Miller-Driscoll and Cider Mill, among other programs.