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Griswold Heights Kids Love America – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [VIDEO]

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! 

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Carroll Hill’s “Brand New Class” Song – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [VIDEO]

I had a fantastic time once again with Mrs. Burns and Mrs Wilcox at the Carroll Hill Elementary School.  These kids wrote a song parody in record time!

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Be Concerned and Active About Capital Region School Safety!

Are you an educator, or parent looking to learn more about school safety and students' mental health?  In these trying times, you need an advocate in that area.  Sage College to the rescue again. 

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Schoharie Elementary’s “That’s My Kind Of School” – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [VIDEO][AUDIO]

Well, it think it's safe to say we are batting a thousand when we work together at Schoharie Elementary School.  I always seem to walk away with a hit song on my recording device, conceived and written by some very creative elementary students.   That's MY kind of school!!

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I’d Like To Thank The ‘Academy’ (and SAANYS) For This Award

I've been yelled at by several people close to me for not mentioning this, but I didn't want to come off as "patting myself on the back." I am really proud of it, and humbled by it, so I guess it's time. Please excuse me for bragging….

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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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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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Menands Elementary Lends A Hand In Creating One Huge Capital Region Anti-Bullying Song – Reading, Writing and Rhyming

Another great school, another great teacher, another group of kids who hate bullying.  They have joined my quest to create one HUGE anti-bullying song

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Alleged Bullying Victim Rebecca Sedwick’s Mother, Tracy Norman Want You to Read This Birthday Message

This is heartbreaking.

Florida teenager Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide over an alleged bullying incident. She jumped off a silo according to CNN.com.  She would have been 13. Her mother posted a birthday message on Facebook that she would like you to read. 

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Schoharie Elementary Lends Their Writing Talents To The Multi-County Anti Bullying Song – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

This started out as a four-county anti-bullying song, where one school would write one verse, the next one in another county would contribute another etc.  Well, it looks like I just couldn't stop at four. Then again, why would you?

Let's spread the word to as many schools as possible, right? 

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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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Rutgers Coach Mike Rice Fired For Bullying – Good! [VIDEO]

This story is repulsive on so many levels. It's OK for a coach to be passionate about his team and to try to motivate his players.   That's understandable.  Sometimes you have to be tough and" lay the cards on the table" with them - but Mike- this behavior is absurd!

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