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‘All I Want for Christmas Is A Roof’: St. Charles Parish school employees modify holiday song following Hurricane Ida

FILE - A blue roof installed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers covers the exposed part of the...
FILE - A blue roof installed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers covers the exposed part of the roof of a home that was damaged by Hurricane Ida.(WAFB)
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 11:27 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2021 at 11:28 AM CST
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ST. CHARLES PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Employees of the St. Charles Parish public school system are not letting the devastation of Hurricane Ida ruin their Christmas spirit.

However, they are asking Santa Claus for some help in recovering from the storm.

St. Charles Parish was one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Ida on Aug. 29.

The school system posted a video on social media of five employees performing a modified version of the popular Christmas song title and lyrics ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ to ‘All I Want For Christmas Is A Roof.’

St. Charles Parish Public Schools Superintendent Ken Oertling told WAFB the school district tries to do a funny song parody every year. Oertling says Mason Dauphin, who is the school district’s Public Information Coordinator of Multimedia Services, wrote the lyrics to the song parody.

The song was performed by Dauphin, Oertling, Anissa Colley, Rebecca Matherne, and Shonda Harris.

“Make my claim come true, All I want for Christmas is a roof,” - Daupin’s version of the song expresses the challenges many in the community still face nearly four months after the storm.

The lyrics also mention bent fences, mangled trees, and the apparent impossible challenge of finding a roofer who will call you back, “I won’t even wish for snow, I’m just gonna keep on waiting right here next to my phone.”

“This year with so many impacted by Ida and still waiting on contractors and roofers, Mason [Dauphin] decided to revise this classic song to reflect the sentiments of many in our parish in an uplifting funny way. Spreading joy is the easiest and most rewarding gift you can give this time of year and the song seems to be doing that in a small but meaningful way for many in our community,” Oertling said.

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