A fantastic time was had by all – especially me – with Mrs. Roarkes fifth graders at the Yates Elementary School in Schenectady. They were more than kind – which coincidently was the subject of today's song for the Reading, Writing and Rhyming program.
Just trying to switch things up a bit here, folks. For a long time I have been writing about local towns in the Capital Region. Well, I started running out of towns, to be honest. So we have a new feature that we're excited about.
The Lunch, Learn and Play program is a summer camp located in beautiful Salem, New York. I had the pleasure of taking a trip up there for the Reading, Writing and Rhyming Tour, and I certainly wasn't disappointed by the outcome!
This is the time that the Hillside Summer Camp in Niskayuna reserved for "Mismatch Day", where happy campers adorn themselves with- you guessed it- clothes that don't go together. (Wow, a group after my own heart!)
I was at the Bethlehem YMCA for the Reading, Writing and Rhyming Tour, brought to you by….(insert sponsor's name here - we don't have one right now -hint hint) . Anyway, this was a great chance to meet a bunch of real "Champs"
Many have asked this question - "Richie, what is the process you use to write a song with young kids?". I'm glad you asked! That's why we've created this short video of a typical day behind the scenes..
If this doesn't make you feel like summer in the Capital Region, nothing will. Summer camp in Niskayuna! And what's camp without a good camp song, especially if you can get all of them to write one of their own?
Always a rewarding experience visiting the Griswold Heights Community Center in association with the Troy Housing Authority and the Academy for Character Education. These kids love this country and they are ready to sing about it!
All year I've been writing songs with kids. I've loved every minute of it. However, I wanted to do something special for the great teachers that I've met along the way, so here' s a little ditty for you folks too!
Once again I had a memorable experience with Mrs. Toher's class at Yates School in Schenectady. They were ready for summer. So was their Principal, Mr. Flanders, by the way. Hear the results and see photos below
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