06/20/13 2:30pm
Dingo rap American student

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Carter Richardson, 9, outside Riley Avenue School Wednesday.

What do wild dogs of Australia and rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have in common?

Not much, unless you’re watching a rap video about dingoes that’s been written and performed by local third grader Carter Richardson to the duo’s hit song “Thrift Shop.”

Above all, Carter wanted to show why he believes dingoes are awesome.

Carter, 9, a Riley Avenue Elementary School student, said he decided to make the video after his teacher, Wendy Finter, asked his class to write a report about dingoes and also make a creative project to describe the wild Australian canine.

“After I gathered facts for my report, I used the information to write the song,” Carter said. “I like writing songs and making videos.”

Carter said he enjoyed working on the video with his parents and appreciated that his principal, David Enos, agreed to make a cameo appearance.

Outside his classroom, other teachers across the district have played Carter’s video for their own students.

Carter said he’s been happy with the feedback and plans to make another video.

“They all loved it,” he said. “They wanted to watch it 24/7.”

jennifer@timesreview.com