We are plotzing from cuteness. Beyonce may have nabbed the awards for Single Ladies, but these kids at Milwaukee’s HOPE Christian Schools receive our gold star for ingenuity, creativity and a darn good idea for getting an important message out there.
Especially heartwarming is seeing the admins and faculty joining in on the number.
It all started at the annual HOPE Idol video contest in the fall, which is a very big deal at the school.
“Actually, there’s a lot of good-natured smack talk in the summer about the competition and what they’re planning to do,” says school spokesperson Wendy Greenfield.
And that’s just from the teachers. Sixth-grade teacher Megan Huff, a dancer herself, was the one who wrote the smartypants lyrics (“I get no detentions. Did I mention? Hard work is my intention.”) and choreography. A bow-tied Principal Patrick Hurley joined in by spontaneously mugging some nifty moves, “which is very typical of him,” adds Greenfield. “He’s a hilarious person. The kids love him.”
Lead singer, sixth-grader Jada Rogers, and her girls Charmaine Taylor, left, and Yasmuir Higgins, right, knocked it out of the park with their Jsetting, a la Sasha Fierce. Even the school’s director of operations, Paul Berger, and beloved food lady, Shirley Wood, got rhythmic cameos.
While the students had fun making the video, they have a bigger goal in mind. “They want to reach one million viewers,” says Greenfield. “They want to show kids that it’s cool to be smart and study.”
Note to Mrs. Jay Z…if you can, please send them all gold rings.