Last week’s extreme winter weather forced thousands of school closures across the Midwest and beyond, many lasting the entire week. School leaders took the opportunity to have fun with their “snow day” announcements, some of which featured songs, dances, famous guest announcers, and even a talking hot dog. But none captured as much national attention as a viral video (see below) from Swartz Creek, Mich. Superintendent Ben Mainka and Principal Jim Kitchen’s version of Leonard Cohen’s well-known “Hallelujah” has more than 200,000 views on YouTube with its poetic chorus, “It’s a snow day, a winter cold day, stay home and just play, it’s a great family day.”
The two administrators sing beautifully, and they offer a welcome reminder that sometimes these unexpected changes to our normal schedule can free up precious time to spend with our loved ones. —L.E.