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Mayfield Elementary SPARK
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Mayfield Elementary Sings Their SPARK Theme [VIDEO]

This class had a certain spark.  Actually I should capitalize that.  SPARK.  That's actually a bad pun, but it's the name of a fantastic initiative taken on by Mayfield Elementary School. When you hear what SPARK stands for, you'll know why

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Pinewood Elementary School Rocks [VIDEO]

This was quite the group.  Actually it was two classes together, and they were great, well behaved and very creative.  Pinewood Rocks!

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Slingerlands Elementary’s Martin Luther King Song – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [VIDEO]

I just love how, if you give kids a chance (no matter what the age), they will think outside the box and come up with something that an adult would never even conceive of. 

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Wanted– 7th Grade Music Class to Write Song With – Reading, Writing and Rhyming

I'm trying to spread my wings a little bit.   My school program has always been for elementary students and that will continue. But I'd like to try an experiment

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Jefferson Elementary Kids Say “Don’t Be A Bully To Me” [VIDEO]

The crusade against bullying continues, and there's no grade level too low to expose them to the evils of brutally picking on each other.  Mrs. Pink's class at Jefferson Elementary School in Schenectady will now perform do their anti-bullying parody song

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“Choose Kind” by Mrs. Roarke’s 5th Graders At Yates Elementary – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [VIDEO]

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.

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Sign Up Early For The Reading Writing And Rhyming School Tour! [VIDEO]

We're coming up on ALMOST 20 years of doing this program, and it has to rank as the most rewarding thing I've ever done (besides morning radio, of course).  You too can be a part of this experience.

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A Song From The Salem ‘Lunch, Learn and Play’ Kids – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [VIDEO]

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! 

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Hillside Summer Camp RRR
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Mismatch Day At Hillside Summer Camp In Niskayuna – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [VIDEO]

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!)

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The Kids At YMCA Bethlehem Are Champs! – Reading, Writing and Rhyming

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"

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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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Deleware Community Kids Love Their School! – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

School pride- that's what we can't get enough of around this area, and it's in abundance at Deleware Community School in Delmar.

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