"Don’t Laugh at Me" was also recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and became the impetus for the Operation Respect/Don’t Laugh At Me curriculum designed to foster respect and kindness in schools. This program has been implemented in more than 20,000 schools across the country. Steve now enjoys performing at school assemblies, community concerts and educational conferences in support of this program. "Don’t Laugh At Me" is also available as a Reading Rainbow children’s book.
This program is offered for K-6 as well as Middle School and High School. The performance is tailored to each specific group and includes seven age-appropriate songs along with the program’s cornerstone “Don’t Laugh at Me”. The songs address issues such as respect, peer pressure, diversity and self-esteem. Steve also includes a few fun songs to make the program entertaining for the kids. He can adapt the performance to the specific needs of any school including songs about literacy, family, recycling etc. This performance of songs and commentary runs approximately 45 minutes.
Steve is also available to perform in the evening at community concerts, which are appropriate for parents and children. This helps cement the message of "Don’t Laugh At Me" by continuing its lesson beyond school and into the home. Another option is to sponsor an author night where the performance is followed by a book signing for parents and children. Some schools combine daytime assemblies with a concert in the evening.
In 2005 Steve started a new program in schools. As an “Artist in Residence,” he spends a day, or several days, at a school teaching the kids how to write a song. During this process, Steve writes a song with the children that touches on the same themes as the assembly program. His goal is to leave them with a love of creativity that will last a lifetime. These efforts are recorded at each school and later posted here for the children to listen to and download. For more information about this program and how to help bring it to your school, go to Kids Write Songs.
Twelve of the songs written during these programs are featured in Steve's book, Sing My Song: A Kid’s Guide to Songwriting. Click on Books for more info on all Steve’s books.
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