Snow Day Announcement from School Officials Turns Into Sing-Along
Joshua Patton 1/31/2019
For students at any school, the announcement of oncoming inclement winter weather brings with it the joy of getting a free day off.
In the old days, students had to get up early to listen to the radio or watch the local news, waiting for their school's name to flash across the bottom of the screen like sports scores.
Yet, today, school officials have any number of methods available to warn their students to stay home on cold and snowy days. They can text message parents and students, update their social media accounts, and post a notice on their website.
However, two stern-looking school officials from the Swartz Creek school district took to social media with a video.
In the video, Superintendent Mainka introduces himself and Principal Kitchen and then tells the students that he has an important announcement to make.
Superintendent Mainka says he's aware of other videos made by school officials across the country that went viral because their officials chose to sing a silly song. With the agreement of Principal Kitchen, Mainka says that this something they are not going to do.
Then, in a totally unexpected surprise, music suddenly starts playing out of nowhere! As if compelled by forces beyond his control, Superintendent Mainka dons some sunglasses and sings a few bars of an original song to the tune of the late Leonard Cohen's classic, "Hallelujah."
Principal Kitchen stops Mainka from continuing the song. He speaks up:
"Let me reiterate, we are not going to humiliate oursel[ves] by singing a snow day song!"
Superintendent Mainka sheepishly apologizes for his outburst, saying that it caught him by surprise, too. Then, the music kicks up again, and both men are taken away to do just what they promised they wouldn't.
Both Principal Kitchen and Superintendent Mainka may need to keep working on their acting skills, but when it comes to singing, they have all the chops they need.
This was not an isolated incident. With some 250 million Americans feeling below-freezing temperatures because of a polar vortex, a lot of school districts closed for the next couple of days. While there isn't all that much snow, temperatures with windchill factor are dipping ten, twenty, or even fifty degrees below zero! It's just not safe for kids to wait for the bus or walk to school in such frigid temperatures.
School officials in Massachusetts, Michigan, and the Missouri Valley all let students and parents know about the snow day with a song. It's a lot more fun to hear about it that way than the ways we used to hear about them.
Even though we all won't get to share in the days off with the students, at least we can enjoy the videos!
What do you think, did these guys miss their calling in show business or not?