WATCH: Kentucky Principal Sings Snow Day Message to His Students — Like Mariah Carey, but in a Hunting Cap
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A Florence, Kentucky, principal embraced his inner diva to deliver some cold, wet, and welcome news to his students this week — and he knocked this particular snowball out of the park.
Looking on the verge of tears in a Facebook video, Union Pointe Academy Principal Chad Caddell announces: “This early morning, I’ve got something on my heart I’ve gotta share with you.”
The opening strains of Mariah Carey’s ballad “Hero” play in the background.
He heaves a snowdrift-sized sigh, then begins to sing:
There’s a message … If you look inside your phone.
You don’t have to be afraid of what it says.
I see streets and roads. Have shut the city dowwwwn. So I’m reaching out to you, and I gotta say ….
That school is canceled for today. Go back to bed and go out and plaaaaayy.
Tests and homework — not a trace. (Parents don’t punch me in the face ….)”
The principal helpfully suggests his snowbound students opt for Xbox and “just smile” and “drink hot chocolate for a while.”
His demand for hot tea at the end is a nod to Carey’s pouting onstage during the Times Square New Year’s Eve telecast (though given the weather, it’s probably best that he opted for a black zip-up jacket, a brown knit scarf, and a fur-lined, flannel hunting cap rather than her choice of a revealing slinky gown).
The principal’s message — recorded by his wife, Tara — traveled far and wide, garnering nearly 300,000 views and approaching 4,000 shares on Facebook as of Tuesday night.
“I can imagine that it is a pretty fun work environment and learning situation with this guy in charge. I love it!” wrote one commenter, Haley Clarke.
Caddell, hired as principal of the K-12 Christian school in April, previously worked as a drama teacher in Boone County, Kentucky, where he broke out his falsetto to warble a 2014 snow day duet with an elementary school principal set to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Caddell told the Lexington Herald-Leader he didn’t expect the latest video to go viral, but he’s happy his school community enjoyed it.
“I want to create a contagious culture for our students, faculty, and parents,” he told the Herald-Leader. “A surprise and delight kind of culture where kids and faculty can’t wait to get to school. School is known for being boring and predictable; it’s a sin to bore kids. Fun doesn’t mean shallow.”
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