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The Yarker Family School Song

February 11, 2016 We’re a small school with a big heart … I have a long and wonderful history of working with the Yarker Family School. I used to live in the village of Yarker and made the trek along the railway bridge across the river to the school every Friday for many years. When…

Prince of Wales School, Peterborough, ON

 WHY ARE WE SO AWESOME?!? I’ve just returned from a week well spent in Peterborough, ON working with the staff and students at Prince of Wales, School. My artist-in-residence at the school was made possible by an Ontario Arts Council Artist in Education Grant. After an opening day of music performances for all of the…

100 Kids Kingston

November 16, 2015 YOU MAY BE SMALL BUT YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE … Earlier this month a very special group called 100 Kids had its official launch and inaugural meeting in Kingston. 100 Kids is a group that aims to get kids actively involved in their community by giving their “time, talents and treasures”…

What If Kids Could Vote? The song

October 27, 2015 The song is finished.  I wrote it on the eve of the Canadian election and performed it at Centennial School in Kingston, ON where I was starting an artist-in-residence program.  I was working with 3 classrooms of Grade 5s and 6s (and a few Grade 4s). The students had just had their…

What if Kids Could Vote ‘Demo’

What if Kids Could Vote?   Gary Rasberry   Draft Oct 16/15   What if kids could vote? All around the world Every boy and every girl—all around the world All around the world   What if kids could vote? Starting today What if kids could vote and truly have their say? If we asked them to…

What If Kids Could Vote?

What if kids could vote?   It’s a question that’s very interesting to consider. What if? (I don’t know.) It’s a question that easy for us to dismiss. Many would be quick to say, “Children can’t vote!   It just wouldn’t work. They don’t understand politics. They don’t understand the issues.” And on and on the thinking…

Invitation to YouthWriters

Greetings Dear YouthWriters Memories of my time at YouthWrite Camp at the Bennett Centre in July are still very much alive as August unfolds.  I’ve been in conversation with some of the people who were in my Song, Story & Sound Workshop. I’m interested in the possibility of keeping a conversation going as July’s YouthWrite…

Youthwrite: A Camp for Young Writers

Monday July 20, 2015 Youthwrite: A camp for kids who love to write … just about anything! I just spent a week at the Youthwrite Camp in Edmonton, Alberta with about 50 young writers between the ages of 11 and 14 on site. They are poets and playwrights, songwriters and graphic novelists, artists and dreamers…

Another School Year Ends …

Monday June 29, 2015 Hey! You sound just like the guy on the cd!! … —Kindergarten student, Central Public School The school year comes to a close. Pause here and listen for sounds of children’s voices in your neighbourhood—voices you haven’t heard since last summer. Stand near the school yard and listen: silence. My school…

‘True Friend’ Video

Saturday July 4, 2015 My dear friend Anna and her dear friend Mavis created this sweet little video for the song, True Friend.  Thanks yu2! (Having a friend is a beautiful thing …)