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To Inspire Students, One Assistant Principal Pulls Out All The Stops In The A.M.

When parents drop their kids off at school in Conway, Arkansas, the early-morning traffic jams can be frustrating for parents and kids alike. There’s not a lot of bus service in central Arkansas, so getting dropped off by car is the only way to get to school. And it can be a taxing experience.

But not at Woodrow Elementary School, thanks to assistant principal Gary Logan. Determined to cheer up his students (and their parents) and inspire a day of learning in them, he stands outside during the morning drop-off, greeting students with a song.

Gary Rhodes, assistant principal and morning entertainer.

Gary Rhodes, assistant principal and morning entertainer.

“We try to make [the students] smile and laugh. They love it,” he says.

"We try to make [the students] smile and laugh. They love it," he says.

There’s singing, dancing, and audience participation.

There's singing, dancing, and audience participation.

And the kids really get into it. Like this student doing something…interpretive.

And the kids really get into it. Like this student doing something...interpretive.

Get the scoop on how this assistant principal is brightening the mornings of kids and parents alike.

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If schools want to make students fall in love with learning, they need to hire more people like Gary Logan! In the meantime, Mr. Logan will be whipping and nae-naeing every morning.