A sixth grade class from Milwaukee is getting national attention for an inspirational rap video they produced.
The students are in Terrence Sims’ sixth grade math class at Milwaukee Excellence Charter School. Sims said he started using Hip Hop as a way to engage his class, and it was so popular that it eventually spiraled into the larger project.
“I wanted my students to be really excited about learning. So I took a popular song and I kinda just rapped it to them for the first day, and they really loved it.” Sims says.
Kids were so hooked on the method that they began giving Sims notes with lyrics, asking him to add them to the lessons. Eventually, the rap concept and added lyrics turned into the inspiring project.
The song itself is an inspiring rap about educational attainment and high ambition. “Michelle Obama showed me how to do it” is one of the most stand-out lyrics, and the students cite their intention not to just graduate from high school, but to go on to attain the highest of degrees like MBAs and Ph.Ds.
The class developed their own dance moves and original lyrics to make a quality song and video as good as anything produced by stars today, with more positivity and inspiration.
Mr. Sims and his class
The mission statement of Milwaukee Excellence Charter School is that of getting students into college.
“Milwaukee Excellence Charter School educates 6th through 12th grade students to excel within and graduate from four-year colleges and to pursue the professions of their choice,” reads the school’s website in regards to their mission.
Jada Pinkett Smith also tweeted about the project and former First Lady Michelle Obama also chimed in with a message of support.
"Young Queens – Stay focused. Stay motivated. Never quit. I’m with you, and couldn’t be prouder,” Obama commented on the Instagram account Black Girls Rock.
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