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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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The Songwriting Process With Kids -The Reading Writing and Rhyming Tour [VIDEO]

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..

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Yates School Is Ready For Summer – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [VIDEO]

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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Saddlewood Elementary “Agrees To Disagree” Reading, Writing and Rhyming-[VIDEO]

Let me sum up my experience at Saddlewood Elementary School - THIS CLASS WAS AWESOME, and if you were there you wouldn't disagree -which is the subject of our song, coincidentally! 

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“The Kids ‘Round Here” Love Icabod Crane School – Reading, Writing and Rhyming [VIDEO]

Let me ask you a question.  How can you POSSIBLY dislike visiting  elementary schools in this area when you walk up to the front door and see something like this?

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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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Schenectady Residents? Good News and Bad News

Okay, Schenectady – what would you like to hear first? The good news or the bad news?  Bad news?  OK.. here we go....

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Pinewood School Kids Love P.E.! -Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

The kids from Pinewood Elementary School had one thing on their mind – Phys Ed class. I think I can understand why. They had just finished taking very grueling ELA tests.  Time to give them a break and have a little fun, so we wrote a song together

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Heatly Students In Green Island Say “Walk Away” – Reading, Writing and Rhyming – [AUDIO][VIDEO]

Awesome!  Fantastic! I was bummed when I had to leave!  What a fun, creative bunch of students at the Heatly School In Green Island, and they have a great message for anyone who finds themselves in a possible altercation with another.   In fact, they made a YouTube video! 

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Green Meadow School Kids Want Candy! – Readin’, Writin, and Rhymin [AUDIO]

A special hello, and a SPECIAL apology to Mr. Flanagan's fantastic class.  I won't go into it, but there was a MAJOR "fail' on my part causing this little song to not play on the day that it was scheduled.  Please accept my sincere apologies!!!   With that said, let's hear the song!

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Blue Creek Elementary’s “2 D Way” – Be Peacable! [AUDIO]

Good times, and clever kids with a message.   I guess that sums up my experience at Blue Creek Elementary School in Latham.  They had something really important to share with the world - be Peacable!!  Here's the cute song they wrote about it.

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