Third-grade teacher Jasmine Merlette knows how stressful tests can be for her students. To help them prepare, she taught them an inspiring remix to “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus which is now going viral on Twitter.
“The goal of our song was to encourage my kids to remain confident and motivated while taking the state exams,” Merlette, who teaches at Sun Valley Elementary School in Birmingham, Al., told CNN. “Music is a fun and easy way to remind them that they possess the tools for success!”
In the video, the kids sing lyrics that Merlette wrote herself to the tune of the popular country-rap song. “I’m gonna ace my test, I’m gonna raise my score,” the students rap as they dance around. “Can’t nobody stop me from learning, the wheels in my head just keep churning.”
And the adorable “Classroom Edition” of the tune may not have horses like the real music video but it does have the third-grade class’ mascot: a stuffed giraffe.
People are loving the remix, which already has nearly 35,000 views since Merlette first posted it on April 30. “We need more teachers like you who can inspire kids to achieve their dreams and rise above the noise that the world tries to drown them in!” one person commented, while another said, “Keep making our future brighter one child at a time.”
— Jasmine A. Merlette (@futuredrjas) May 1, 2019
Merlette’s video has gotten so much attention, in fact, that even the song’s original artists, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, tweeted their approval of it. “This is what it’s all about!” Cyrus gushed on Saturday.
This is what it’s all about!!! pic.twitter.com/GwhbN57I5I
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) May 4, 2019
i’m cheesing hard as hell watching this. this beautiful lol https://t.co/em0RUX5cqX
— nope (@LilNasX) May 2, 2019