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Hey Swifties! Hillsborough superintendent says have fun, don’t skip class

A half-joking Addison Davis urges students to “Stay, Stay, Stay” in school when Taylor Swift comes to town.
Hillsborough County School Superintendent Addison Davis took to Twitter on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, urging students to have fun when Taylor Swift is in town but not to miss class.
Hillsborough County School Superintendent Addison Davis took to Twitter on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, urging students to have fun when Taylor Swift is in town but not to miss class. [ Twitter ]
Published April 12|Updated April 12

Nobody sits out the upcoming Taylor Swift invasion. Nobody wants to, anyway.

Even the Hillsborough County Public Schools superintendent got in the spirit with social media messages this week acknowledging Tampa Bay’s excitement about planned concerts from the international mega-pop star.

Borrowing from Swift song lyrics, Davis told students in a tongue-in-cheek letter: “You may think you’re ‘Out of the Woods’ since it is the fourth quarter.” But if they miss an important lesson, “you will not be able to ‘Shake It Off.’”

He sprinkled similar references throughout a video in which he told students “You Need to Calm Down” and come to school on Friday, even if Thursday night’s concert at Raymond James Stadium runs late.

“This was our idea, in Communications.” Davis’ media director Tanya Arja said. Then she added, “Of course he loves Taylor Swift.”

Hillsborough Superintendent Addison Davis let pop star Taylor Swift choose his words when he posted this tongue-in-cheek letter on social media, reminding students that even on the day after Swift's Thursday concert, they are expected in school.
Hillsborough Superintendent Addison Davis let pop star Taylor Swift choose his words when he posted this tongue-in-cheek letter on social media, reminding students that even on the day after Swift's Thursday concert, they are expected in school. [ Hillsborough County School District ]

Regardless of the superintendent’s true taste in music, Arja said that Davis was seeking to split the difference between encouraging good attendance and joining the community in celebrating Swift’s visit.

“Of course he wants kids in class,” Arja said. “But this is a fun thing. He knows it’s a big thing going on in Tampa this week. It’s just a fun little thing we did.”