STEVENSVILLE — A principal announcing a snow day rarely sounded so cool.
Lakeshore Middle School Principal Jonathan Swegles tapped into his inner rapper to create the song, “No School Monday” to the tune “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice.
He posted a video of him singing the rap on the school’s Facebook page Sunday, where it had received 107 comments, 806 shares and 51,000 views by 6:30 p.m. Monday. His post of the rap on Twitter had over 3,000 views by that time.
“Yo, Lakeshore, let’s kick it,” the video begins. “No school Monday.”
The video did more than let parents and students know that school was closed Monday. Swegles challenged parents and students to post photos of them reading on the school’s Facebook page by 5 p.m. Monday.
“Learning, it will take you places. In your classes coming up aces,” he raps. “Instant and Snap, turn them off right away. Let go of the drama, read pages today.”
Swegles, who is in his first year as principal at the school, said he has posted snow day challenges before, but this is the first time he rapped the challenge.
He said he got the idea after seeing school officials in other states post songs they created to deliver messages to their students.
“I had a couple of parents provide positive peer pressure to do this,” he said. “I thought I might as well have a little fun with it.”
One parent posted on Facebook that Swegles is known as MC Swegles by the students.
“The kids love Mr. Swegles, he is engaging and fun. He is a positive role model for the students,” said Andi Lemon, whose seventh-grade son, Henry Lemon, attends the school.
Another mother posted: “A new talent?! Great job Mr Swegles.”
What was Swegles doing on his snow day?
“I have two little kiddos. We’re all home hanging out,” he said when contacted early Monday afternoon. “I’ll get some reading in in a little bit.”
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