Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, February 14, 2014
Talk about putting words to music! School administrators at a North Carolina preparatory school came up with an ingeniously unique way to break the news to their students that school was closed thanks to a massive ice storm blanketing the region.
Michael Ulku-Steiner and Lee Hark, the head and assistant head of the Durham Academy, posted a goofy rendition of the Vanilla Ice diddy “Ice, Ice Baby” on YouTube earlier this week.
“Alright, stop. Collaborate and listen, ice is back and road will glisten,” the hand-flailing, tie-wearing pair rapped. “Polar vortex has a hold of us tightly, wind like a harpoon daily and nightly. Will the power stop? Yo. I don’t know. Turn up the heat, and let go. Sleet falling down like a million missiles, bring school delays and early dismissals.”
Ulku-Steiner even donned a pair of ski goggles, while Hark put on a Team USA sweater, for the video – which as of press time has had more than 2.5 million hits.
According to The News Observer, Ulku-Steiner woke up at 4:45am Wednesday morning to check the forecast and decide whether to open the private academy. After making the decision to close the school, he began penning a rhyme to the infamous Vanilla Ice tune. Shortly afterward he got Hark on board with the skit, and the rest is history.
Ulku-Steiner added that the video took three takes to film, with the third making the cut because it was “only moderately bad.”
“We really thought it would make some people chuckle,” he said. “We had no idea that it would go beyond that. We would have rehearsed, probably, and worked harder at it if we knew that many people were going to see it.”
Last week, a Kentucky school released a school closing video on YouTube to the theme of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Watch the ingenious announcement video below.