Durham Academy’s Head of School, along with his assistant, covered Vanilla Ice’s timeless classic on YouTube to announce that school was closed due to snow. Michael Ulku-Steiner and Lee Hark became internet sensations after donning snow gear and jamming out for their students’ sake.
Are these the two coolest administrators in the world, or what? Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and his assistant Lee Hark re-wrote the lyrics to Vanilla Ice‘s “Ice Ice Baby” to announce that North Carolina’s Durham Academy would be closed due to inclimate weather. Once the video hit YouTube, it went viral, and now every kid in America wishes their school’s administrators were cool enough — and brave enough — to do something similar! Would you like it if your child’s teachers recorded a similar video and put it online?
Administrators Rap ‘Ice Ice Baby’ In Snow Day Announcement Video
Michael and Lee took what could have been just another cover video on YouTube to a new level by re-writing the lyrics to Vanilla Ice’s ’90s hit “Ice Ice Baby.” The two North Carolina administrators really switched it up when they rapped: “Polar vortex has a hold of us tightly, wind like a harpoon daily and nightly. Will the power stop? No. I don’t know. Turn up the heat, and let go. Sleet falling down like a million missiles, bringing school delays and early dismissals.”
But of course they kept things educational, encouraging kids to stay out of the cold weather and read: “Don’t worry kids, the learning’s not lost. […] Check out a book while the ice dissolves it.”
Administrators ‘Had Fun’ Making Viral Snow Day Video
After going viral, the North Carolina admins have already joked about making another video for future rain delays. “We were thinking about a rain delay message using Milli Vanilli‘s ‘Blame It on the Rain,’ ” Michael told CNN during an interview on Feb. 13. Michael also revealed that the “Ice Ice Baby” video was “spur of the moment” idea.
This isn’t the first time school officials have gotten creative with closing announcements. One week prior to Durham Academy’s viral hit, the principal of Stephens Elementary School in Burlington, Ky., sang a closing tune to Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Hey HollyMoms — Would you be impressed if your child’s teachers created a viral video like this?
— Lauren Cox