Viral superstars thrilled to meet the one-hit wonder
There are many stars of popular music who have become famous with one song, and then quickly faded away leaving the world wondering "where are they now"? One such person is the rapper Vanilla Ice - also known as Robert Van Winkle - who shot to fame with the catchy rap tune "Ice Ice Baby".
He now lives in Florida and on May 11 made a surprise visit to a high school in Florida to join members of TikTok sensation, the 'Lunch Lady Squad' who've taken the social media platform by storm lately with their music, dances and viral memes.
During his visit, Vanilla Ice joined the Lunch Lady Squad as they repeated the chorus of his most famous song, in a video that's since been shared on their TikTok account:
A culture of kindness
The lunch ladies of Wellington Landings Middle School have made a reputation for themselves by spreading positivity and kindness to the kids they serve with food each day. Their TikTok account has proven to be a way of engaging with the kids, and helping to spread good vibes amongst them.
After their story was featured on news outlets in late April, the positive impacts of their work caught the attention of the wider public, and various local celebrities, including Vanilla Ice. The rapper felt compelled to visit them in the school and to join them in making a video that will no doubt help them to become even more popular!
It's nice to see TikTok being used positively with kids too - as a means of spreading value connection. In recent months, the platform has been blamed for the spread of various trends such as the 'Orbeez challenge' and the 'slap a teacher challenge' which was blamed for various assaults by pupils on their teachers.
There have since been suggestions that leaders of Facebook were responsible for promoting these challenges as 'fake news', in order to hinder TikTok's growth and popularity.
Long may the Lunch Lady Squad continue!
Pupils at the school are clearly grateful for the work of their lunch lady squad and it may just be that the story inspires other groups of cafeteria workers and support staff in school to help engage positively with the kids using social media to spread hope and positivity. Vanilla Ice is presumably hoping his career might get a little lift from visiting them too!
Have you seen any examples where your kids have been positively influenced through people they follow on social media? Do you think teachers and support staff should be encouraged to use social media platforms like TikTok to engage with kids? Let me know in the comments section below.