LAKE MILLS | A Lake Mills principal and teacher entertained everyone stuck at home during this week's Arctic blast by making a music video.
Jim Scholbrock, the middle school/high school principal, and Nate Sletten, the middle school/high school band director, sang "Take the Drifts Away," a parody of the song "Drift Away."
The lyrics to the chorus are "Give me the heat boys and warm my toes, I want to go to school to rock and roll and take the drifts away."
Sletten played acoustic guitar as accompaniment.
The video was posted to YouTube on Wednesday afternoon, the third consecutive snow day for Lake Mills and other North Iowa school districts due to a winter storm followed by a dangerous cold spell.
By Thursday morning, the video had 7,000 views.
Sletten said Lake Mills fifth-grade teacher Angie Boehmer issued an online challenge to him and Scholbrock to join the trend of school administrators and teachers posting snow day song parodies.
West Hancock High School Principal Dan Petersen was one of those who did a video last winter.
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Sletten said he and Scholbrock accepted the challenge because they were bored at home and "we thought it would be a lot of fun."
Scholbrock wrote new lyrics for "Drift Away," and the two of them went to the school to record a video of them performing the tune.
The video has been shared on social media and received a lot of positive comments.
This isn't the first time Scholbrock and Sletten have performed together.
Sletten, a Lake Mills High School graduate, had Scholbrock as his principal back then.
When Sletten was a freshman in 2001, he and Scholbrock, as well as some teachers and other adults in the community, formed a band called Nate and the Moonlighters.
The group raised a lot of money for charity through their performances, but eventually broke up when a lot of the members moved away.
They have reunited several times since, but their last performance was some years ago, according to Sletten.
However, they plan to get together once again to perform during this year's July Jubilee.
Sletten, who used to teach in the Earlham School District southwest of Des Moines, is in his second year as band director at his alma mater.
He said the snow day video will help him get the point across to his students that they can enjoy performing when they are adults even if they don't become professional musicians.
"You can have fun playing with anyone," he said.