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2 West Michigan school districts call snow days in unique ways

In Hamilton, Superintendent Lusk made the announcement at the end of a winning basketball game while Grandville Superintendent Bearup made a music video.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Two West Michigan school districts—Hamilton Public Schools and Grandville Public Schools—are enjoying a snow day Wednesday after their superintendents made the announcement in their own unique ways.

In Hamilton, Superintendent Brad Lusk made the announcement at the end of a winning boys' basketball game to the cheers of the student section.

In a video posted by the district, the game was just wrapping up when student broadcaster Aiden Lynch began yelling, "Breaking news! Lusk calls a snow day!"

The student section is seen cheering and dancing as they begin filing out of the gym as Lynch says, "I have never seen that before!"

There’s no better way to inform the students of a snow day than at the end of a big boys basketball win. Way to go, Dr. Lusk! Sophomore broadcaster Aiden Lynch with the call of the century on the live broadcast! 😂👏 Stay safe tomorrow, Hawkeyes!

Posted by Hamilton Community Schools on Tuesday, February 21, 2023

In Grandville, Superintendent Roger Bearup took a different approach with his announcement. The district posted a video showing Bearup entering the school and commending the students and staff on how hard they've worked this year, saying he wasn't sure if the weather was bad enough to call a snow day.

Music then breaks out, and Bearup is seen playing a keyboard and covering "Cold as Ice" by Foreigner. The lyrics were altered to fit the theme, and Bearup sings, "It is cold with ice / We're willing to sacrifice a snow day."

Credit: Grandville Public Schools
Superintendent Bearup sings a cover of "Cold as Ice."

Other staff members are featured throughout the video, pretending to ski and snowboard.

The districts are among hundreds of closings for Wednesday as a major winter storm prepares to hit West Michigan. The storm could bring up to half an inch of ice, widespread power outages and gusty conditions. Travel is expected to be dangerous through early Thursday morning.

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