*Administrators at Woodrow Cummins Elementary in Conway, Arkansas have discovered an unlikely draw to get students to class on time. Assistant Principal Gary Logan welcomes students to school each morning by dancing in front of the main entrance, and the kids don’t like to miss his antics.
TODAY reported on the 29-year-old administrator, who takes pride in brightening the mornings of the students and their parents waiting in the crowded car drop-off line,
“Singing and dancing has always been my deal,” Logan told TODAY. “With a microphone in my hand, I’m just in my element. I like to sing and crack jokes and make light of a stressful situation — so that’s what I do in the mornings.”
Logan, who is in his second year in the job, says his morning glee has not only received a positive response, but it has also attracted the attention of local news station KOLR10, which filmed him on a typical morning of performing.
“It’s all been great. I play a lot of kids’ stuff, but I play a lot of Motown and old school “Sweet Home-Alabama”-type stuff that parents know. Parents will roll their windows down and hear something they know and start singing in the car and embarrassing their kid. But the kids get a kick out of it,” said Logan.
Logan says the students often make song requests or join in on the microphone. Sometimes they even beg him to stop playing a song they don’t particularly like. “I play them anyway because that’s the kind of guy I am,” Logan joked.
Kristine Spears, who has a daughter attending third grade at the school, is among the parents who enjoy being serenaded by Logan.
“Mr. Logan’s singing and smile brightens the day,” she said. “Especially those mornings where I am struggling to get everyone out the door on time. Hearing his song and seeing his positive attitude changes the day for me as a parent, and for my daughter as she goes into school.”
Dayna Lewis, the principal at the school, said Logan’s singing, dancing and playful reminders have helped parents and students be more engaged with their school.
“Mr. Logan’s morning routine of singing and dancing has strengthened our school climate…Students are connected to Woodrow Cummins Elementary from the moment they step out of their vehicle each morning, fostering their engagement in school, which in turn boosts academic achievement,” said Lewis. “As a bonus, Mr. Logan’s morning routine has also helped to decrease our tardy rate because students don’t want to miss out on the fun!”
Peep the video below of Logan in action!