HANOVER COUNTY, Va. — After more than a week of missed school, some Hanover County students and school staffers channeled their inner Willie Nelson and made a snow day video. “School is Closed Again” was released Thursday morning, hours after Hanover cancelled school for the day due to snow.
“We just finished production of the video yesterday. We wanted to have it ready to launch just in case we had more snow days in the month of March,” TV99 coordinator Trip Wells said. “We shot it over a period of about three days. There was one particular afternoon when I had my TV99 interns in the studio, and it started snowing, so we grabbed a camera and rushed outside to get those exterior shots. There happened to be a bus in the parking lot, so we jumped on board (with the bus driver’s permission, of course) and got those shots.”
Wells said he was inspired to make the video after seeing the fun other school districts have had with snow closings
“We thought it was time for Hanover to join the snow day video party,” he said.
The song is play on Nelson’s 1980 hit country song “On the Road Again.”
“The song was written by me and my eight TV99 student interns – they assist me in running our school district’s cable TV station, TV99. We thought there was no better way to create a snow day video than by paying tribute to the great Willie Nelson,” Wells said.
In addition to Wells, the video features mass communications teacher Linda Dull, Lee-Davis High School students McKenzie Atkinson, Spencer Dunn, Jessica Howells, Katie Jarrett, Jacob Kesler, and Trey Lyle. Also Atlee High School student Danielle Banton and Hanover High School student Carson Sizemore.