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Smile Therapy: Dancing Duo Lifts Spirits With Morning Ritual

DeeAnne Ashby and her daughter, Megan, approach each day with a very serious purpose: To put a smile on everyone’s face.

Ask Logan residents who drive and walk by Mount Logan Middle School every weekday around 8:30 a.m., and many will tell you the pair is meeting their goal.


The Ashbys’ prescription for lifting people’s spirits is simple. When DeeAnne pulls in front of the school to drop off her seventh-grade daughter, they both get out of the vehicle, lift the back hatch, crank the car stereo, and start dancing and waving at all the kids, buses and passing motorists in front of the school. DeeAnne supplements the routine with shouts of welcome and encouragement. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.