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Reading, Writing, & Rhyming

YMCA Clifton Park
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YMCA Summer Camp With Readin’, Writin’ and Rhymin’

This is one of my all time favorite things to do - take the keyboard and go to a summer camp to record a "summer song" with kids.  I had the opportunity to do that today, and it was awesome

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International Boy And Girl Scout Meeting
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Looking For One Last Summer Camp Appearance- Readin’, Writin, and Rhymin’

We're wrapping up the summer fairly soon.  I want to write a song with kids outside in a real live summer camp setting.  Any camp counselors out there? 

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griswold heights
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The Griswold Heights Kids Love Their Community Center – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

We have a small, yet enthusiastic group of new singin' superstars, ladies and gentlemen.  They are from Griswold Heights - part of the Troy Housing Authority.  They love what their community center provides them each summer, and they were anxious to tell you about it (or should I say - RAP about it) 

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St Thomas The Apostle
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Kids At St. Thomas The Apostle School In Delmar Have Many Virtues – Reading, Writing, and Rhyming [AUDIO]

So here I am, walking into a classroom in the middle of June assuming that the only thing on a kid's mind these days is summer vacation.  Wow, was I proven wrong again! Meet the virtuous 3rd graders from St. Thomas School in Delmar 

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rrr joseph henry elementary sign
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Joseph Henry Elementary School In Galway Singing About Summer – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

Looks like we're wrapping up yet another school year.  I can't believe it myself.  Once again I have about 25 class appearances under my belt, and each one has been a blast.   This was no exception - Joseph Henry Elementary in Galway

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Schoharie Elementary Kids
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Schoharie Elementary Creates Follow Up Song About Rebuilding Schoharie

Last year, after Hurricane Irene devastated the Albany area, I took my Reading, Writing & Rhyming program to Schoharie Elementary to write a song with the kids about strength and rebuilding their mostly destroyed community.

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Schuylerville Elementary Kids Victory Mills Song
Richie
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Schuylerville Elementary Kids Sing & Write Victory Mills Song

Since the Small Town Tour is in Victory Mills, which is essentially Schuylerville, I headed to Schuylerville Elementary  to talk about Victory Mills. Or Victory. Confusing but it all comes together. Check out their song and the lyrics after the jump.

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Hoosick Falls Central School 2nd Grade Class
Richie
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Hoosick Falls Central – Reading, Writing, and Rhyming [AUDIO]

Because we kicked off the Small Town Tour in Hoosick Falls I thought it was a great time to visit Hoosick Falls Central School and do a song with the kids. Check out the song we did together after the jump.

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Miller Hill Kids In Averill Park Want To Go To a Tropical Island: Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

You want to see creativity at work?  You want to see teamwork in action?  Just take a trip to Miller Hill Elementary School and observe this class.  I had such a great time with Mrs. Marshall's class, I literally didn't want to leave .  Here are the results below

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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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screen shot rexford bridge from google earth
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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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rrr poestenkill kayla's song part 2
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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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