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Rap video introduces Chicago fourth-graders to new teacher

CHICAGO -- A teacher wrote a rap song for his students and recorded a music video to go along with it.

Now, it’s going viral, CBS Chicago station WBBM-TV reports.

New to the classroom and new to the rap game is Dwayne Reed, 25.

“I actually don’t even have any other music videos. This is my first one ever,” he said.

He created a catchy rap song introducing himself to his new fourth-grade students. He said keeping his kids interested in school inspired him to create the video.

“If I can get my kids on board with me, connecting with me before I even meet them, it’s just like I’ve hit the jackpot,” he said.

Welcome to the 4th Grade - Dwayne Reed by Ty Gotham on YouTube

And Reed does this all while he’s learning the ropes in his first classroom.

“Like I have zero idea what I’m doing,” he said.

But he said he’s focusing on hard work, respect and positivity.

“People love you. There’s people who value you. There’s people that affirm you and that think that you’re worth something,” Reed said. “And I want them to know that for eight hours a day, I’m that person. I’m that person that you mean something to.”

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