Teacher's 'Snow Day' video going viral

One Jefferson County teacher's snow day parody has gone viral. Bigger plans are now in the works. Jan. 20, 2016

(WBIR - STRAWBERRY PLAINS) One Jefferson County teacher's YouTube video is going viral.

Its message strikes a chord with teachers and students alike, especially on a day as snowy as Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, third-grade teacher Mary Morris posted to YouTube a parody of Adele's "Hello" she wrote for her fellow teachers at Rush Strong School in Strawberry Plains.

"If it's got to be so cold, the least that it can do is snow!" Morris belts to the chorus of Adele's hit song.

See that original video HERE.

Since the video went online, it has had more than 440,000 views, as of Wednesday afternoon.

"I was just blown away by what a big deal this is," Morris told WBIR 10News. "It's exciting, but it's nerve-wracking at the same time, just to have so many people watching it and knowing about it and talking about it."

With the song's unprecedented success, Morris and her friends are now making a music video.

It helps when your friends run a multimedia business.

Jonathan Price owns InnerDigital, a company specializing in digital marketing, which includes videos.

This past Saturday, Price, his wife Lisa and several other of Morris' media-minded friends gathered at Rush Strong to shoot the music video.

"Got the whole crew," Price said. "Makeup artist, all the camera equipment, lighting, just everything, so we're really looking forward to putting something really nice together."

The final product, like the original, will resonate with educators everywhere.

"Most people have said...'I feel you, I understand. I'm a teacher in Missouri. I'm a teacher in Maryland,'" Morris said of reaction to her original YouTube video, which is simply shot with a smartphone camera.

The new music video, on the other hand, is highly polished and full of melodrama.

"I love to sing and I love to make people laugh, so it's a perfect combination of both," Morris said.

This is not Morris' first parody. For the past three years, she has made a song for the students about TCAP testing.

See her other songs HERE.

As for her Adele-like belt, Morris said she grew up singing in choir and now sings with her church's worship team.

"I'm so excited for her," Morris' husband Chad said at Saturday's shoot. "She really is talented, and I'm not saying that because I'm her husband but because she is, and she cares so much for her students - anyone that she's around."

Watch the finished music video HERE.

Morris and her friends say they'd love to see the music video picked up by Jimmy Fallon or Ellen DeGeneres.



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