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February 9, 2014

Local teacher's parody songs about the weather go viral

SOUTH SHORE — A local middle school teacher has become a social media sensation after posting a video on her Facebook page.

Jenifer Webster of Greenup County has received more friend requests than usual because of her now locally famous videos about the water and weather issues affecting the area.

Webster, a sixth-grade teacher at McKell Middle School in South Shore, has been spending her snow days writing parody songs about the weather and water issues.

“After being out of school for snow and weather, my mind needed something creative to do,” she said.

The videos, which were originally made for her Facebook friends, have now received more than 24,000 shares on Facebook and more than 200 views on YouTube.  

“In a matter of 24 hours they are everywhere,” she said.



The most popular song is a parody of the REO Speedwagon song “Take It on the Run.” Webster creatively turned the line, “Take it on the run, baby” to “the buses won’t run, baby.”

“In high school my friends and I would rewrite the lyrics to old Loretta Lynn songs just for fun,” she said.

Webster said she also plans to post more videos, given the weather forecast, and wants her students to take a lesson from her videos.

 “I hope that they are never afraid to try something bold and creative,” she said.

Webster’s videos can be found at: http://youtu.be/6iSoLE5rB44.

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