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Reading, Writing, & Rhyming

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Richie Writes Song With Kids From Indian Lake Virtually Thanks To NERIC: Reading, Writing and Rhyming

Another first, ladies and gentlemen.  Through the use of magic teleconferencing technology at NERIC (Northeastern Regional Information Center) in Albany, I was able to pull this off.  This was a blast to try out.  You can see the results below.

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Schoharie Elementary Rewrites Little Big Town’s Pontoon – Reading, Writing and Rhyming

Ahhhhhhh!  A dream realized.  I got a chance to return to a school that brought back so many amazing memories for me personally- Schoharie Elementary School. 

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Teacher Faith Perry From Mohonasen School Takes A Stand Against Bullying In A Very Creative Way

Her name is Faith Perry.  She is an alternative education teacher at Mohonasen school. If this story doesn't make you think twice about dissing today's teachers, nothing will.

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Shaker Road Elementary Kids Create Countryfest 2013 Jingle For Schagticoke – Reading, Writing and Rhyming

Chalk up another fun and rewarding experience - this time working with students in Mrs. Bushey's class at Shaker Road Elementary School in Colonie.  Some extremely talented jingle writers were on hand, so I put them to work immediately to write a Countryfest song! 

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Delaware Community School In Albany Will Not Put Up With Bullying -Reading Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

I met a group of fantastic kids who wouldn't even THINK of bullying another.  That's a relief, because there is so much of it going around these days.  I asked if they wanted to write a quick "Don't Be A Bully" jingle, and they were "all about it".  Welcome to another stop on the Reading, Writing, and Rhyming Tour

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Birchwood Elementary School Sings Their Anti Bullying New Hit On ‘GNA – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

Now THIS is a great school.  Actually, they're ALL great schools to be honest.  The Albany Area is chock full of them.  I should know, I've probably visited all of them at least once.

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WGNA’s Richie Phillips Honored With Community Service Award

Congratulations to a very deserving Richie Phillips for being honored with the 2013 Friend of the Academy for Character Education Award for his leadership in "furthering the character education initiative in the Capital Region!"

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Molly Stark Kids Change The Words To Dierks Bentley’s “5150″ To Sing About Their School In Bennington, Vermont – Reading, Writing, and Rhyming [AUDIO-VIDEO]

What a group! What a school! (I get yelled at with these articles for using the exclamation point too many times, but I don't care.  What a FANTASTIC experience going to Molly Stark Elementary School in Bennington!!!!!!!!!!  (So there!!!!!!!)

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Charlton Heights Kids Believe In Teamwork! – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

Mrs Brooks - what a great teacher.  I always enjoy barging in on her classroom with keyboard in hand.  This year was no exception.   These kids came ready to sing!  Ladies and Gentlemen -presenting the second graders from Charlton Heights Elementary School!

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Slingerlands Elementary Says “Call Me Healthy” – Reading Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

I'm leaving for vacation, but I'm doing it with a smile on my face.  I can thank the incredible teachers and kids at Slingerlands Elementary for that.  Take a listen to this great parody of "Call Me Maybe".  

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Bethlehem Children’s School Is Looking For Your Help -Reading, Writing and Rhyming Extra

There're so many schools struggling right now to stay afloat.  I happen to have visited the school just within the past several weeks. They are looking for your donations to keep it going and have posted a video about it that I thought was important to share

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The Bethlehem Children’s School Raps – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO][VIDEO]

On Wednesday, I visited The Bethlehem Children's School and spent some time writing and recording a song with the elementary and middle school kids.  One of the unique things about this school is the multi-age classrooms.   Kids in grades 1 through 5 are grouped together in the Elementary class, and grades 6 through 8 are grouped together in the Middle School class.  I didn't work with the younger kids, but the school also has a pre-k program.  Take a listen (there's also a video included)

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