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School 18 Welcomes You To Troy In Song – Reading, Writing and Rhyming

What an awesome class!  These guys were ready to sing about their town.  It came out so well, I'm going to use it as my Your Town Thursday song for this week as well! 

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Letters To Richie From Poestenkill Elementary – Reading, Writing and Rhyming Tour

I always appreciate getting letters about the school program – especially from the kids.  I thought I would share some of these cute and touching letters. 

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Completed 5 County Anti-Bullying Song-Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

Ok, get ready Saratoga, Schoharie, Schenectady, Rennselaer, and Albany Counties!  You have childen in your schools who are so upset about bullying that they are willing to sing about it!  Here is their (and my) labor of love!

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Stephentown Gets A Song – Your Town Thursday [AUDIO]

Stephentown , NY is now immortalized in song -(well, that might be a stretch, but at least I wrote you something) 

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See A Demo Slideshow Of The Reading, Writing and Rhyming School Program [VIDEO]

It's that time of year again - sharpen the pencils, get out the brand new notebooks and get ready for another school year ( who am I kidding - for all I know, the kids all have iPads!)

Be that as it may, I am taking sign-ups for the Reading, Writing and Rhyming Tour for this year.  There is a quick and dirty form below and also a slideshow to demonstrate the program, in case you were wondering! 

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I Want To Do One More Last Summer Camp For Reading, Writing and Rhyming!

The summer is almost done, and I've had a last minute cancellation.  I want to go to one more summer camp and write an end of season song.  Who's up for it?  

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The YMCA The Summer Camp Singers From Bethlehem NY – Readin’, Writin’ and Rhymin’ [AUDIO]

I loved this spirited little group of writers and rhymers from the Bethlehem, NY YMCA.  It was their summer camp, and it was raining cats and dogs, so they actually had no choice but to be in this room -LOL- but they were really patient and came up with a great song parody. 

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Griswold Heights Community Center Sings Their “Planet Song” – Reading Writing and Rhyming

This was a special visit, as it was an invite from Griswold Heights Community Center in Troy  in association with Phil Fusco and the Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges.  Enough of the formalities - let's hear their Planet Song! 

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River Road Camp Kids Sing About The Heat – Reading Writing and Rhyming

Let's give these kids their "props".  They sat there outside in sweltering heat to write a song about ....the HEAT!  What a great group. Let's hear what they came up with! 

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Great Singer/Songwriters Are At Hillside School Summer Camp In Niskayuna -Reading, Writing and Rhyming [AUDIO]

85 enthusiastic campers and counselors.  That's what I found on my visit today on the Reading, Writing and Rhyming school tour.  (Yes, it continues in the summer too!)

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Marie Curie Institute Students in Amsterdam Really Love Reading (and Writing and Rhyming!)- [AUDIO]

This was a very interesting and rewarding experience - traveling to the Marie Curie Institute  of Engineering and Communications in Amsterdam. (Sounds like a college, doesn't it?) Well, these kids were smart enough to be in one, and they were just second graders!

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Richie and Hannaford Supermarkets To Award School With $200 Gift Card

Very exciting times at the Reading, Writing and Rhyming Tour.  Thanks to a great long time sponsor, Hannaford Supermarkets, one lucky school is going to win a $200 gift card that they can use in any way they please.  (But I can't tell you how, cuz it's a secret) 

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