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Raleigh teachers give students unique welcome to school

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - In one Raleigh high school, students are treated to a unique sound to start classes every day as opposed to the traditional bell.

Each morning at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, hundreds of students pour through the doors. And each morning these students are treated to a concert.

"It's like a nice wakeup call instead of an annoying alarm clock in the morning," said Sinkarie Marrah, a student at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School.

Bright and early every morning, teachers Mark Greenstreet, Mary Siachames, and Curtis Lewis join together in the main hall of the school to play music.

"I starts the day off, it's good for us it's better than a cup of coffee," said Siachames.

Curtis teaches special education, Siachames is the autistic-support teacher and Greenstreet is an English teacher.

"We do it because we love it," said Greenstreet.

The trio of teachers says what started out as friends making music in their classroom, eventually moved into the halls, and eventually became a daily ritual.

Each day hundreds of busy students walk past the teacher band with some taking the time to stop, but most keep going. However, regardless of their response, the trio of teachers say they feel they are setting the right tone for these students.

"It sends the right message as far as we get together and do something positive first thing in the day," said Siachames.

The teachers say with how difficult it is to be a student these days, sometimes you just need music in your life.

"Everything may not be ok, but we're trying to make it better. We're trying to improve their psyche, their mentality," said Lewis

The teacher's started playing together in July, and they say they have no plans of stopping, except, of course, to get their classes to teach.

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