Dec. 15, 2016 | The hallways and offices at UAMS swelled with laughter, happiness and a festive spirit Dec. 15 as a troupe of UAMS Head Start preschoolers sang holiday songs for all to hear.

As the children jingled into his office, UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D., wished the kids a happy holiday season and complemented them on their Santa hats, red shirts and jingle bells.

Rahn sat close by, smiling and singing along, as the kids sang and performed choreographed hand motions to “Let It Snow,” “Up on the House Top” and “Feliz Navidad.”

UAMS Dan Rahn

UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D., hugs a preschooler from UAMS Head Start.

The kids quickly surrounded Rahn as he passed out oranges and thanked them for coming. After receiving several hugs from the group, Rahn led UAMS staff in singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to the children.

The well-mannered, bell-clanging youngsters attracted several admirers on their walk down the hallway to sing for Executive Vice Chancellor and College of Medicine Dean Pope L. Moseley, M.D., and his staff. After the singing and dancing were over, Moseley thanked the children for their carols and hugged many on their way out.

UAMS Pope Moseley

Executive Vice Chancellor and College of Medicine Dean Pope Moseley, M.D., greets carolers from UAMS Head Start.

The kids stopped for one more performance in front of the Lobby Café to sing for the patients, visitors and staff who gathered to enjoy the caroling. After a chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” the kids jingled their way to their bus and headed back to school.

UAMS Head Start serves 928 preschoolers at 16 sites in Pulaski County. UAMS has administered the Head Start program in Pulaski County since 1998.

Click to see video of the Head Start carolers.