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'Hallelujah' Viral Singing Administrators Are Back Again with 'Let It Go' Cover


The singing administrators from Swartz Creek Community Schools in Michigan are back, this time, with a cover of “Let it Go.”

Swartz Creek Community Schools Superintendent Ben Mainka and Swartz Creek High School Principal Jim Kitchen went viral in January with their parody of “Hallelujah.”

Days later, the duo released a second song parody, this time to “Let It Go,” from the popular Disney movie “Frozen.”

Mainka and Kitchen have found themselves in the spotlight, as their videos have appeared on national television.

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Michigan Sen. Dayna Polehanki and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have recognized the administrators on social media, thanking them for their fun and creativity in handling school closures.

While Mainka and Kitchen have been gracious about their sudden fame, it’s not their motivation for creating song parodies.

Their real intent is to strengthen relationships with the families in their community.

The administrators aim to be genuine and authentic, drawing students and parents into a community where they feel a sense of belonging.

“We do endeavor to have really authentic relationships with our families and our kids here,” Mainka said in an interview with Morning Express.

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“We’re just a couple of normal guys, there are really amazing educators all over the country that reach out and do things like this with their students.”

Singing funny songs is just a small window into the way these educational leaders run their schools, where children are the highest priority.

Michele Corbat, principal of Morrish Elementary School in Swartz Creek, says the men are “champions for children.”

“I’m so glad that they’re being recognized for their singing and I wish everyone could know what amazing educational leaders they are,” Corbat commented on the video posted by CBS News on Facebook.

“They are truly champions for children and will continue to make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of children long after the cameras are gone!”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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