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October 30, 2013

It takes all kinds

North Park's "All Kinds of Kinds" video is getting major attention

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A video – seen over 50,000 times on YouTube and tweeted about by a country music star – all started with a sleepless night for a Lockport teacher.

North Park's "All Kinds of Kinds" video is getting all kinds of attention. Some of it is from area residents, while some attention has come from schools or people located all over the country.

But the biggest boost came Monday in the form of a Twitter and Facebook mention from Miranda Lambert, whose song serves as the inspiration for the video. "Just saw this video North Park Junior High made... They have the right idea!" the award winning singer said.

Lambert's "All Kinds of Kinds" is a popular song, as it debuted this year on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this month. Jeff Dinse, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at North Park Junior High School, said he had heard it before and liked it.

But one night after walking his dog, Dinse said he couldn't get back to sleep. While on the computer he came across Lambert's song.

"For some reason I watched her video at like 3 in the morning and she has signs in her video," Dinse said. "And I thought to myself, that would be a cool video to make for our school, because schools are made up of all different kinds of kids, all different kinds of teachers."

The video was shot almost in an entire day, which was a very exhausting undertaking, Dinse said. A group of teachers and students pulled everything together pretty quickly.

"And most of it was edited that night," said North Park Principal Ryan Schoenfeld.

The four-and-a-half minute video shows about 50 to 100 students and faculty in spots all over school grounds, most of them holding a dry-erase board with something written on it. Some of those boards share character traits, such as "quiet kind," or something the kids are interested in such as "cheerleading kind."

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