The end of the school year is a cause for celebration, not just for students but for teachers and faculty as well. Just ask school receptionist Regina Ballard, who ended the school year in soulful style.
On the last day of school, Regina Ballard made one last announcement over the intercom.
June 13 marked the final day of the school year for North Lincoln High School in Lincolntown, North Carolina. Students and faculty alike were eager to get out and enjoy their summer.
However, before school was officially out, Ballard thought she would leave everyone with one final surprise.
“It’s three o’clock. [At] 3:15, it’s official,” she said over the intercom and then started singing.
What came next was a beautiful cover of Etta James’s “At Last,” albeit with a few lyrics changed.
“At laaaaast! Summer break has come along,” she sang.
She continued to sing for the next three minutes or so. When she finished, the whole office erupted in applause.
Singing over the intercom was certainly a fun way to end the year. According to 7News, Ballard came up with the idea after hearing about another receptionist who recorded a rap song.
“I said, ‘I cannot rap but I’ll try to come up with something for you,’” she told the station
Just one week after she posted the video on Facebook, it had already amassed 1 million views. Ballard could never have anticipated this level of response.
“We were just goofing around, I thought some teachers would see it and that was going to be the end of it,” Ballard said. “I’m always looking for ways to make people smile.”
Watch the joyful rendition in the video below: