Principals dance off for charity

khui@newsobserver.comMarch 27, 2014 

Two Raleigh elementary school principals showed off their moves Thursday night at the Principal Dance-Off to help collect books for the WAKE Up and Read book drive.

Barry Richburg, principal at Conn Elementary, and Chas Miller, principal at Powell Elementary, danced in front of a cheering crowd at Ligon Middle School. The “entry fee” for the event was one new or gently used children’s book to go toward WAKE Up and Read’s campaign to collect 40,000 books to give to families who don’t have any to read at home.

The dance-off emerged from online boasting during last month's snow days as parents bragged about their principals' dancing skills.

"There's really no way a 44-year-old man in a Run DMC shirt should have won," joked Miller.

"We were just beaming back there listening to our schools." said Miller.

"We wanted this event to be something that would bring the schools together and be uplifting."

Miller won the competition, and the event collected nearly 3,000 books.

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