We’ve all been there. It’s early in the morning and we’re waiting for the phone to ring. As kids, after a night of carefully watching the skies and counting nearly every snowflake, we’re hoping the call will be announcing that prize of all prizes for every school-age kid: a snow day. As parents, we’re silently (and sometimes not so silently) praying that the snowplows performed an overnight miracle and the roads, at least the roads the buses take, are clear enough for school to go on as planned.
But regardless of which side of the snow-day fence we stand, the fact remains – snow days happen. For school administrators in some parts of the country, snow days aren’t just a day off, rather they’re a giant piece of the school year puzzle with which they must contend on a regular basis. And this year, some school districts have had more snow days than they quite know what to do with. As you can imagine, making the “snow day call” has probably gotten fairly routine, and perhaps, even boring.
With the polar vortex sweeping through the midwest and sending snow and freezing weather across the country, snow day announcements are simply part of life at the moment. But instead of pushing the automated announcement button and sending a mass email to families in Swartz Creek, Michigan, a high school superintendent and principal decided to take things up a notch and get creative with their snow day announcement.
Now, you’ve probably seen a few other principals and school administrators doing funny snow day parodies to announce the close of school. And hats off to all of these creative school leaders. But when Superintendent Ben Mainka and Swartz Creek High School principal Jim Kitchen took to the stage, as it were, they didn’t just nail it – they knocked it out of the park.
Not only did Mainka and Kitchen pick a tough song to sing (I mean, “Hallelujah? Really?), they sang it exceptionally well! With hilarious lyrics and voices that one doesn’t expect to come from their high school leaders, this duo made a snow day even better for kids, and almost worth it for parents. Now that’s impressive.
Watch as the duo performs their snow day rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic, “Hallelujah,” and you’ll *almost* wish you lived in Swartz Creek, Michigan just so you could hear these guys again!
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