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Young Bully Victim Caine Smith Fights Back In An Amazing Way – [VIDEO]

Why?  Can someone tell me WHY bullying has continued in such a big way?  When you hear this boy's story, it will stop you in your tracks.

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Yates Elementary School Kids Sing About Responsibility [AUDIO]

This was a return appearance for me.  I think I've been to the Yates Elementary School in Schenectady for the past 5 years straight.  I hope I'm invited for 5 more.

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Teachers! Limited Openings Left For Richie’s School Program!

It's true!  I'm pretty much filling the calendar for my Reading, Writing and Rhyming Tour, but i wanted to get the message out now that the new year is in full swing!

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photo by Darcy Micelli
photo by Darcy Micelli
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St Thomas The Apostle’s Wish List For Santa (In Song) – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

i had a fantastic time (as usual) at St Thomas The Apostle School in the Delmar area.  I was interested to see what their "wish list" was for the jolly old bearded man.  They not only told me, but they ended up creating a song parody in no time flat.  Here is their creation! 

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All Saints Academy’s ‘Rudolf The Peaceful Reindeer’ -[AUDIO]

I worked with some "saints" recently from the All Saints Academy in Albany.  These first grade kids were creative, lively and ready to have fun while they spread the message of "peace."  In fact that they even created a peaceful parody of "Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer."

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Sand Creek Middle School Leadership Reading, Writing and Rhyming
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Sand Creek Middle School Creates “Leadership” Song [AUDIO][VIDEO]

I had a great time was very enthusiastic group of kids at the Sand Creek Middle School in Albany.  From the way they put the song together, they certainly are definitely leaders.  In fact, that's the subject of the tune, coincidentally. They even did a music video! 

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School 18 Welcomes You To Troy In Song – Reading, Writing and Rhyming

What an awesome class!  These guys were ready to sing about their town.  It came out so well, I'm going to use it as my Your Town Thursday song for this week as well! 

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Letters To Richie From Poestenkill Elementary – Reading, Writing and Rhyming Tour

I always appreciate getting letters about the school program – especially from the kids.  I thought I would share some of these cute and touching letters. 

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Greenwich High School Kids Create Song In Spanglish – Reading, Writing and Rhyming

This was definitely a challenge, and I mean that in a positive way.  I actually didn't sleep the night before worrying that I was going to fail miserably.  How do you rhyme Spanish words when you don't know Spanish?  GULP.  Mrs. Gordon's class to the rescue! 

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Kingsborough Elementary Is Respectful and Responsible- Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

I had yet ANOTHER great experience - this time in Gloversville (Sean's old stomping ground).  The school? Kingsborough Elementary School.  The age?  A mixed group of K-5, and extremely creative. I have proof below! 

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Maurice Ambler, Picture Post, Getty Images
Maurice Ambler, Picture Post, Getty Images
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Sign the Petition to End Bullying!

We would like to start a WGNA army of people who are determined to help fight a war-one that seems to have no end in sight.

Do you want to add your name to a growing list of people who will do what they can to spread the anti-bullying message? Only takes a minute! 

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Completed 5 County Anti-Bullying Song-Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

Ok, get ready Saratoga, Schoharie, Schenectady, Rennselaer, and Albany Counties!  You have childen in your schools who are so upset about bullying that they are willing to sing about it!  Here is their (and my) labor of love!

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