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Help Still Needed In Schoharie, Believe It Or Not!

How long has it been since the tragedy in Schoharie County? A year?  Maybe it's "out of sight, out of mind" for some of us, but not if you live there.  A corporation has now been formed to continue the rebuilding efforts, and I wanted to spread the word if I could have a moment of your time, because we can all still help!

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Rexford, New York Gets Their Very Own Little Tune: Your Town Thursday [AUDIO]

Although I didn't get many people writing in for this little hamlet, I'm not bitter, because I had Michele Weiler helping me.  She sent me pages and pages of stuff (thank God).  Michele gets top billing for this. 

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Poestenkill Web Only Interview – What Did Your Parent Leave On The Car Roof? : Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

Ms. Wendell's 4th graders from Poestenkill Elementary were such a great class, I wanted to give them a second blog.  It all started when a student asked me if I ever made a mistake on the air.  So first I told them my iPad tale of woe, and then I asked them if they ever had a similar situation.  My recorder was rolling and this is what was captured

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Kayla From Poestenkill Writes New Dragon Book: Reading, Writing, and Rhyming [AUDIO]

I love it when I can bring the Reading, Writing, and Rhyming School Tour to a classroom just as history is being made.  A 4th grade student from Poestenkill wrote a story about a two tailed dragon, and now it's going to become a play that gets the entire class involved - and they'd now like to tell you about it in song.

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Richie Has Last Minute Availabilities To Visit Two Albany Area Schools: Reading, Writing, and Rhyming

I'm very excited to be able to offer this.  It might be a first in the 17 years that I have been conducting the "Reading, Writing and Rhyming" school tour.   See offer below - but you better act NOW

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Summer Camp Teachers: Sign Up For Reading, Writing and Rhyming Now!

I'm not sure if  you folks are aware of this, but the Reading, Writing and Rhyming school program also operates in the summer.  If you are a summer school teacher or counselor, you can fill up the limited availabilies right now.

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Stillwater Elementary Has Some Incredible Kids [AUDIO]

I'm so sick to death of the media ripping schools apart for the things they don't do right.  You'd never know it in my book.  Follow me now as we visit another great Albany area school and hear from some  incredible kids on National Incredible Kids Day.

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Van Corlaer Elementary School Sings Their Song About Bullies: Reading, Writing, Rhyming [AUDIO]

The anti- bullying crusade continues here at Townsquare Media.  We are continuing to take the message to schools throughout the Capital Region through the "Reading, Writing, and Rhyming Tour", and thanks in no small part to Hannaford Supermarkets for sponsoring the program.  Here's the latest song creation from the super-singers from Van Corlaer Elementary in Schenectady.

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Slingerlands Elementary Sings About Read Across America Day [AUDIO]

Once again, I experienced a 24-hour period where I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.  It happened right after I visited Slingerlands Elementary School. These kids love to read and SING - what a perfect fit for the Reading, Writing and Rhyming Tour.

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Salem Elementary School Creates Anti-Bullying Parody Song With Richie [AUDIO] [GALLERY]

I had quite the experience today .  I might be smiling about this one for the next week!  I spent the better part of the day in a town that was vaguely reminiscent of my hometown - Salem, NY!   I actually had two very good reasons to go there!

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Letters From Kids From The Reading, Writing, and Rhyming Tour [GALLERY]

If you are asking why I like writing songs with elementary school kids just read some of these thank you letters.  You'll never wonder why again! 

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Jefferson Elementary Gives Exercise Advice In Song: Readin’, Writin’ and Rhymin’ [AUDIO]

Early to bed, early to rise-exercise, exercise, exercise!  (I don't know if that was the original saying, but I tweaked it!)  Exercise has to begin with the young.  How young?  How about first graders?  Not only are they great exercisers, they're even better rhymers!

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