‘Ready Like’ music video to the Walker Hayes’ hit encourages BCSC learners to be ready for their first day

COLUMBUS, Ind. — “Back to school on the first day, so confused, does it start on a Thursday?”

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. kept the music video fun going for this year’s opening day of school with a new installment, “Ready Like,” set to the music of  “Fancy Like,” a song that has gone viral on social media for the dance moves it inspired and its nod to a popular chain restaurant.

The video, which was shared on the school corporation’s Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, is set to the Walker Hayes’ hit country song, and a reminder that yes, school starts on Thursday.

“We were wanting to do something fun to start the school year and were thinking about different songs that might allow us to do that,” said Superintendent Jim Roberts, whose musical talents are once again featured in the video. “And that particular song is very popular. It has a very catchy tune. It is upbeat. A lot of people, whether they are country music fans or not, have heard of that song and like it OK.”

While the original song mentions enjoying “fancy” things like a date at Applebee’s, BCSC’s lyrics focus on students and teachers doing all the little things they need to do to get ready for the first day of school.

The video shows Roberts singing as he prepares for another school year throwing on a backpack, buying school supplies and wondering where to sit on the bus. CSA Lincoln teacher Stephen Shipley joins in, singing as he preps his classroom and reads up on teaching strategies. The video also features students and staff enjoying themselves and preparing for the first day, with some dancing accompanying the new lyrics.

Shipley and BCSC Communications Coordinator Josh Burnett put together the updated lyrics and came up with a plan for the video, said Roberts. Burnett noted that the video includes a reference to Hayes’ lyrics, with Roberts driving past an Applebee’s restaurant at the very beginning.

Stephen Shipley, a BCSC teacher, adds his vocal talents as he prepares to return to the classroom. Photo provided


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