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Usher Goes Back to School - as a Volunteer

When President-elect Barack Obama urged Americans to embrace of a new spirit of community service, Usher took that message to heart. The pop star pumped up grade-schoolers and other volunteers with handshakes, jokes and words of praise as they repainted walls and built two libraries at Simon Elementary School in southeast D.C. – an area with a high dropout rate – on the afternoon of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. During a feed to Oprah Winfrey's live show from the Kennedy Center Opera House, the singer talked up the need for volunteerism – even working in a reference to Aristotle – before cuing the kids to yell,

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