Chicago teacher welcomes kids back with his own rap video

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A Chicago teacher is making going back to school … cool.

Instead of sending out the boring, old, “Welcome Back” newsletter, Mr. Reed, a first year teacher from Chicago, wrote a rap song for his 4th grade students, and recorded a music video to go along with it!

It’s Mr Reed’s first year, he says in his rap video posted on YouTube.

 The song and video emphasize the reality that hard work is a must, but that school and learning can certainly be fun!

The video was posted by YouTube user Ty Gotham and is full of great rhymes and slick editing.

Nice work Mr. Reed!

Here are the full song lyrics:
Wel-come to the 4th grade, so ha-ppy to meet you,
Can’t-wait til I see you, we’re gonna have a good time
We’ll-learn about science, find-ways to apply it
I bet that you’ll like it, we’re gonna have a good time

Hello, I’m your teacher
My name’s Mr. Reed, and it’s very nice to meet ya
I’m from Chicago, I love eatin pizza
And I dress to impress, but I’ll still wear sneakers

It’s my 1st year teaching, so it’s all real excitin 
Got some ideas, and I’d really like try them 
Like making songs to remember what ya hear 
We’ll be learning so much, but the end the year

To my friends and my peers, the parents and the students 
I’m ready, you’re ready, we’re ready, Let’s-do-this, (YEAH) 
But absolutely no day-dreaming 
Working hard til the bell starts ringing

Wel-come to the 4th grade, so ha-ppy to meet you, 
Can’t-wait til I see you, we’re gonna have a good time 
We’ll study mathematics, division and addin 
And don’t forget fractions, we’re gonna have a good time

I’ll always greet you with a smile 
I’ll always try to make the lessons worthwhile 
And when you do good work, I’ll acknowledge 
Cuz I know that you’re headed off to work or to college

So we gotta keep it positiiiiiive, that’s the is key 
Have respect for each otherrrrrr, and don’t forget ME 
Have respect for yourselves, and the staff, and the school 
Having fun can be cool, when we’re following the rules —- nah, nah

Time’s gonna fly (breath) 
Before ya know it, you’ll be movin in to grade 5 
But for now, we’ll be workin, and a-learning, and a-singing 
All the way til the bell starts ringing

Wel-come to the 4th grade, so ha-ppy to meet you, 
Can’t-wait til I see you, we’re gonna have a good time 
We’ll learn about English, write papers and read them 
A-pluses, you’ll see them, we’re gonna have a good time

Go teacher! Go teacher! Go teacher! Go teacher!