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School Officials Get A+ For Their Awesome Snow Day Announcement

Ben Mainka

In case you haven’t noticed, schools across America have been trying to one-up each other with viral snow day announcements, usually set to a popular song.

I guess it's not cool to just read a long list of schools over the radio or on the local news show anymore.

While most of these videos are only memorably for as long as school is cancelled, a pair of administrators from Michigan stood out from the pack with their recent announcement. Not only do they have serious singing skills, but they also share a great sense of humor.

Superintendent Ben Mainka (right) and Schwartz Creek High principal Jim Kitchen from Schwartz Creek Community Schools, near Flint, Michigan, posted a video announcing that classes were cancelled because of snow and freezing temperatures this Tuesday.

The officials began the video very seriously, and said they had a "brief announcement" about a nationwide "epidemic."

"Superintendents and other administrators are coming up with ridiculous songs, and they’re playing music, and putting sunglasses on, and making absolute fools of themselves trying to cancel school for a snow day," Mainka said.

But, of course, that was the cue for the music to kick in, as a piano cover of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" started playing in the background.

The officials stopped and started the music several times, fighting the urge to break into song as they announced school was cancelled.

Finally, they give in and urge kids to "stay home and just play," while warning "not to sleep in ‘til noon."

While some of the video announcements these two were parodying can make you cringe, they actually have pretty great voices, and their silly performance made fans across the country.

"I don’t even [have] a child in your schools [but] I loved this!" one commenter wrote.

"Great voices, truly!" said another.

One thing’s for sure, the Schwartz Creek Dragons are lucky to have two administrators who would totally embarrass themselves for a simple announcement like these two.

Their video has racked up more than 700,000 views in less than a week, meaning it could quite possibly become the first ever "classic" video in the snow day announcement genre.

[H/T: Billboard]

What did you think of their performance?

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