One of the best surprises you can ever get at high school or university, is when there is a special event and an unexpected piece of entertainment arranged by your peers comes on display. We’ve all had our fair share of exciting and thrilling surprises at prom, final games and convocations. This story is about just one such amazing and fun conspiracy.
It was the final pep-rally of the season and the Lake Mary High School kids were about to get a big surprise from institution’s admin office and the step team members. Unity Revolution, name of the step team from the high school in Florida, had been planning secretively an awesome surprise, sure to make a blast. No one else in the school knew. It was like Fred and George from Hogwarts doing their goodnatured mischief to entertain their friends.
Dr.Donna “Mickey” Reynolds, the 49 year old principal, was new on the staff roll that year, and had just replaced a the previous much loved colleague of hers who had been transferred to another school. Being more than cognizant of the fact that it takes time for the students and even the rest of the administration to feel comfortable around a new principle and trust her, she decided to pull off a great harmless gag that would leave a lasting and favorable impression on everyone.
Unity Revolution, the step team for the high school took on the stage as the audience and staff settled down to for the show. Soon, the music began and the vibes were festive and sporty in the hall as they took on their dance routines. It seemed like just another hip dance mix choreographed by the dance crowd in the school. Until, the most unexpected thing happened. The new principal Dr.Donna, who no one had quite figured out yet and who had replaced a unanimous favorite principal, the same Donna stepped on to the stage, making the spunkiest of entries. No on expected it all. This was the last think that principles did, especially new ones looking to fill the big shoes of their predecessor.
The wild ovations and cheery atmosphere before Donna’s descent on the dancefloor was suddenly brought to a bewildered hush. Either it seemed like a mistake or Dr.Donna had just set a new record for the school and for all principles to come after her.
Donna however, was acting like this was nothing out of the ordinary and she was just one of the hip dancers doing their thing to represent the spirit of the school. She was dressed in the trademark clothing of camouflage bottoms, a senior tee shirt and the classic black sneaks. The good doctor got in line with rest of her dancing crew, becoming one of the renegades of funk. Its like she was saying, I’m one of you and we are all together in this.
After the initial shock of a few seconds when the principal had entered the dance floor with the cheering stopping and confusion plus whispers coming over the whole audience, suddenly a whole new ever larger wave of applause, standing ovation and deafeningly loud cheers began to populate the hall. The audience, the students, the athletes, the staff and parents had all been impressed by the surprise and were really digging the idea.
If the principal stepping forward, dressing like one of the gang, becoming a part of the youth’s coolest and hippest form of self-expression and a rite of passage for the contemporary adolescents, wasn’t enough, she even started busting some pretty wicked moves that fit right in to the scenario and high school culture. The audience was going wild. It seemed like finally they had principal from the older generation who was telling them that she was a part of them and their ally. It was a cross-generational white-flag.
Becky Godwin, a mother of one of the students, was there and held testament to the unprecedented awesomesness of what just transpired in the night. She decided to put the whole footage on Facebook, hoping that others would join in the maverick principal’s debut performance. Godwin was right on the money and the post went totally viral as thousands, and eventually millions were blown away by the footage. It showed so many people that the adversarial feeling between administration, staff and students could be dissolved and the generational gap could be overcome if we were ready to step out of our pre-conditioned roles and make some radical decisions to bond with the young people.
Donna had succeeded in setting a new precedent and direction for educators, showing them how they could engage with their students and break the cliche of seriousness and by giving them respect and by paying a homage to youth culture.
You can watch Principal Donna break the mold and do her funky education philosophy below!
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