Winter weather has been closing schools and businesses around the country lately as we act out our own personal Frozen, and it can obviously cause a lot of frustration for parents. Snow days are a blast for kids, but for working parents who have to make arrangements for childcare during the day, it can be stressful. That’s why Stephens Elementary in Burlington, Kentucky has started making their school closing announcements more entertaining.
The school’s principal James Detwiler and drama teacher Chad Caddell recorded themselves sending out a school closing message set to the tune of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and it’s absolutely delightful. Just to give you an idea, it includes the line, “Watch out for frostbiting, very very frightening.” I’m guessing any students listening probably had no idea what the reference was unless they’re super-sophisticated, but it had to have been fun to listen to regardless. But most importantly, I’d imagine it amused a lot of parents.
Growing up in Georgia, we cancelled school at the tiniest whisper of snowfall. (Except last week state officials decided not to be drama queens about the weather when it was actually necessary, and the whole nation saw what happened after that…) The only thing I can think of that would be more fun than a snow day when I was a kid is having my school announce it in such a creative way.
To top it all off, Principal Detwiler just posted another video this morning featuring a recording to the tune of “Ice Ice Baby,” and he prefaced it with a message to students asking them to use their day off to be creative, telling them about a short video contest. You go, Stephens Elementary!