Alcy Elementary has gone viral on social media with their rendition of "Shabooya," a popular song by Memphis producer Hitkidd. The video has racked up 74,000 likes on TikTok.
The now viral video is just one example of how Alcy Principal Eureka “Mac” McAfee and staff use creative techniques to promote attendance, academics, and positivity. Last year, Principal McAfee held a pep rally and performed an original song to support TCAP preparation. “TNready is coming. It’s on the way!” she rapped to a cafeteria full of cheering, dancing students.
"I do it to motivate my students and to show them if I can do it, they can do it, too," said McAfee. “Music is a universal language. I use it to motivate all my scholars.”
Studies have shown that music can boost academic performance and build community. MSCS has a team of dedicated educators who continually work to engage students and encourage belonging. Superintendent Toni Williams also encourages teachers to use innovative strategies to make learning fun.
"When I look at the video, I see students full of joy as they sing about academic success," said Williams. "Kudos to Principal McAfee for filling Alcy Elementary with creativity and spirit."