ASHLAND, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Massachusetts elementary school principal made a surprise global cameo over the weekend, during the World Health Organization's fundraiser concert for COVID-19.
"The One World At Home Together" event was curated by Lady Gaga in an effort to raise spirits during the pandemic, and to raise money to fund the WHO's global health efforts. Lady Gaga billed the special as "a love letter" to the world's healthcare professionals and essential workers.
The two-hour long show was broadcast on Saturday night on dozens of platforms across the world. It featured performances by musical artists in lockdown, including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, John Legend, Lizzo, the Rolling Stones, and many more.
The special also included a segment with Ellen Degeneres, who named some of the wonderful ways teachers around the country are working to keep their students' spirits lifted during the pandemic. Ashland Mindess Elementary School Principal Michael Caira was first on her list.
"This is causing so much heartache, but small acts of kindness are popping up everywhere," said Degeneres, who famously loves to dance at the start of her daily TV show. "Like Principal Michael Caira in Massachusetts, who is staying connected to students by bringing mobile dance parties to their front lawns."
Since his school closed last month due to COVID-19, Principal Caira has been visiting his students by dancing through their streets. According to MetroWest Daily News, the kids have been coming out to dance with Caira in their front yards, with some even dressing up in costumes for the occasion.
Principal Caira said he was humbled by the international recognition from Ellen on Saturday night.
Caira has been dancing through anywhere from 8-15 streets per day since the students went into lockdown, usually accompanied by his wife and kids.
According to MetroWest, Caira got the idea from a school tradition that was already in place; greeting the children with music and high-fives every day, and holding regular Friday dance parties.