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11 Reasons The World Is Thankful For Principals

To make sure the school runs smoothly, they give a lot. Just like how Target is on its way to give $1 billion to education by 2015.

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1. Because they make it a priority to greet the kids with the biggest smile every morning.

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2. They take time out of their busy "principal duties" to be one of the kids for a bit.

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3. Because they'll do anything in the name of a good school fundraiser...

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4. ...and they're totally the target of school pranks.

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5. They try to really relate to the kids, which we all know they appreciate.

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6. They take the time to learn every… single… kid's… name!

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And we all know that's a lot of names.

7. Their job is tough — most people aren't thrilled about paying them a visit.

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8. Managing budgets? THE OPPOSITE OF FUN.

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9. They deal with paperwork: evaluations, discipline, school safety, curriculum. So many things!

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10. The entire school looks to them for leadership.

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11. But at the end of the day, well, principals are...

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...the cooooooolest.