By Mike Schuh

BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) —  All over the region, Ravens fans are gathering to express their joy at the team going to the AFC Championship Game.  Perhaps one of the loudest spots Friday was in Bel Air.

Mike Schuh reports the noise could only be produced by a gymnasium full of amped up kids.

Shortly after school started Friday morning at Bel Air Elementary, all 450 students were called down to the gym for what may have been the most memorable part of their day.

The tunnel at the elementary school had music, but no smoke.

Almost all of the kids were dressed in Ravens purple and they gathered for a pep rally, dance contest and to watch motivational video clips from players.

“We are so excited about the Ravens. This is my first year here. We are trying to develop really high energy, school culture and just come together for any reason,” said Dyann Mack, principal.

It was a pep rally and a teaching moment.

School leaders hope the kids can learn from the team’s insistence of staying positive in the face of adversity.

“We believe in the Ravens. We’ve empowered them by making posters and wearing all of our purple all week. We want them to achieve this game. If they succeed , they’ll go to the Super Bowl,” said Mack.

Love for the Ravens, but team building for the teachers.

Just for fun, top dancers in each class practiced and perfected their Ray Lewis “Squirrel Dance” and performed it for the entire school body.

Lewis’ last dance will live forever through these kids.

You can catch the AFC Championship starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on WJZ.


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