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Richland Middle School video goes viral on Facebook

The first day for middle school students can be intimidating. What better way to end an anxiety-filled morning than to have a dance line of teachers greet you as you walk through the door.

Led by Principal James Whitfield, the staff of Richland Middle School welcomed students with high-fives and dance moves. Whitfield wrote on the Facebook video’s post: “We strive to make RMS a magical place that you all LOVE and want to be at. Each day we all take on meaningful and challenging work, but we want to let it be known that we can attack any challenge with a spirit of family and positivity that will keep us on our path towards greatness!!!”

Before the first day of school, Whitfield had messaged the staff to “come out with your smiles and passion,” said Elisa Hediger, the school’s web master, who shot the now viral video.

“He's such a passionate and inspirational man,” Hediger said of Whitfield, who can be seen on the video dancing and greeting each student as they walked in. “The school was electric that day...the kids are still talking about it.”

As of Monday, the video has more than 1.2 million views — and counting — on Facebook.

“We wanted to build a joyful, caring atmosphere for these kids,” Hediger said.

The video follows another Texas back-to-school viral sensation -- a Godley teacher’s “no more homework” letter.

Maricar Estrella: 817-390-7720, @maricare