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A first-time teacher may have discovered a surefire way get students excited for the dreaded first day of school by creating a catchy rap song.

Dwayne Reed, a fourth-grade teacher in Chicago, created a song to replace the typical “Welcome Back” newsletters the school gives out, the description on the video’s YouTubepage reads.

The song begins with piano chords and quickly cuts to Reed sitting at a teacher’s desk with his feet up, snapping his fingers to rhythm of the beat.

“Welcome to the fourth grade,” Reed sings. “So happy to meet you.”

Dressed in a chemist jacket with chemical formulas written on the blackboard, Reed sings that they’ll “learn about science” and “find ways to apply it.”



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