N e-Yo is celebrating the importance of education. The R&B star played principal for the day, when he surprised 588 students at the Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle Monday, to commemorate their win in the 2011 Get Schooled Fall Attendance Challenge. Students at the school participated in a seven week-long competition to help improve daily attendance numbers nationwide. While serving as principal for the day, Ne-Yo taught math, spoke with students, and performed his singles Miss Independent and One in a Million. Ne-Yo also held a question-and-answer period with the students, which allowed him to call on some of the lessons taught to him as a child by his own mother.
The Las Vegas native was inspired to join forces with the Get Schooled Foundation because of their commitment to keeping youth on the right path. The Fall Attendance Challenge included nearly 80,000 students at 73 school in 17 states and monitored attendance between Oct. 3- Nov. 18. Aki Kurose scored a 3.7 percent by engaging the student body in various activities.