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Song is the anti-bully

During the anti-bullying month initiative, which was put together by The Academy for Character Education at Sage Colleges, the mayor of Cohoes and Kathy Jimino of Rennesselaer County, Phillips visited four schools, composed four anti-bullying themed songs and then picked a school out of a hat to receive a healthy lunch party from Hannaford Supermarkets, longtime sponsors of his program.

"We didn't want to make it a serious contest because the whole idea was to get the word out there, that bullying is wrong, but do it in a fun way," said Phillips. "The kids were laughing and I tried to make it fun because it wasn't supposed to be depressing. It sticks in their minds more if it's fun and has a more subliminal point to the words."

Teachers or groups interested in bringing Phillips in for some music-making fun, can email him at richie@wgna.com.

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