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No Need to Be Unhappy: Principal, Teachers Welcome Students by Performing 'YMCA' on First Day


The first day of classes can bring anxiety for any returning student, but at one Texas middle school, there are many ways to have a good time.

Richland Middle School principal James Whitfield led his faculty and staff in a rousing rendition of The Village People’s hit "YMCA" August 22 to shake off any jitters the students may have had on the first day.

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Whitfield wore a smile on his face as he high-fived students upon their arrival.

The "YMCA" can be heard in the background and Whitfield led the famous dance from the disco-era with his colleagues.

One student even got so excited that he started poppin’ and lockin’ as he danced with the staff.

The school posted the clip of the dancing as a Facebook Live video. Since then, it has gained more than 1.2 million views.

Some of the students were not so jazzed to return to school and tried to avoid embarrassment at all costs.

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Whitfield wrote in the comments section of the video: “We strive to make RMS a magical place that you all LOVE and want to be at. Each day we all take on meaningful and challenging work, but we want to let it be known that we can attack any challenge with a spirit of family and positivity that will keep us on our path towards greatness!!!”

He was certainly off to a good start on Day 1.

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