Five hundred students and their teachers in this Rockland County middle school spent the first hour of their day listening to heart-opening songs and stories about tolerance, sharing, beauty, Native American wisdom, and the Adirondack Mountains.
Roy spent the rest of the school day talking with and performing for students in individual classes.
Roy told stories about a dog....
...and a cat.
After Roy sang "Apple Pie" to a class of French students, they treated him to a French version of the song, written especially for the occasion by their teacher!
Teachers who are brave enough can reap the great rewards of joining in!
At the end of class, students got up close and personal.
From the students: Thanks, Roy!
"I loved your stories and your music. I hope you come back soon. I requested your CDs for my birthday. Thanks for coming."
"I really liked your performance at the high school. My favorite song was the America one and the Apple Pie song."
"Thank you for coming to our school to teach us about your history in the mountains. I love your stories. They were very interesting."
"Your show was great. My favorite parts were the porcupine story and the song 'Johnny Loves Trains.' I hope we will see you again."
"I had a lot of fun listening to you. I loved the porcupine story because it was very funny. Ha ha!"
"Thanks for coming. The story about the porcupine was cool. I want to go to the Adirondacks sometime. It sounds nice."
"You are an amazing singer. You tell really cool stories. You are so funny. I had so much fun when you came. I'm glad you did!"
"You're awesome! We really enjoyed your performance. You're not old, you're cool. You're an inspriation to us all. And we're not just saying that because you're cool and you're not old. You're awesome again!"
"P.S. Don't slop your dripper!"
"Thanks for coming to our class. And how can you talk backwards so good?"
"You're a really good guitarist. I want to learn how to play like that."
"Thank you for an amazing show. I can see now how you became so successful because you are so good at what you do. Maybe my sister won't be so shy next time. Thank you."
"Thank you for coming to our school. I enjoyed your stories and I was amazed by your guitar playing. Come back soon."
"I liked your presentation and thought it was very intriguing. I liked your stories and songs--they were very eye-opening. Hope you come again!"
"Hey! Thanks for coming to our school and performing. I seriously enjoyed your performance. I also like the Native American stories you shared with us."
"I loved your enthusiasm during the performance. I was surprised at how many cool things you have done in your life!"
"Thank you for coming to our school and performing for us. I liked all the songs you performed. I also thought it was nice of you to come to our class and let us ask you questions. Thanks! Come again!"
"I liked the way you wrote things that had to do with your life and the people you know."
"I LOVED your songs! 'Johnny Loves Trains' is my favorite. You rock my sox! Thanks for coming and letting us meet you!"
"You are my favorite ever! I love you and your backward stories."
"I loved all the songs you wrote and then presented! You are the best and an inspiration! I love Roy!"
"I really liked when I took the picture with you and thanks for signing me an autograph."
"I liked that you seemed like you had no worries. Like you were very connected with nature and the animals. That's cool."
"Thank you so much for coming. The best thing about your presentation was when you talked about your childhood! Thanks again."
Walk on the Mountain
Moriah Central Schools, May 2005
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