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Ronda Friend

Contact Name: Ronda Friend

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Phone: (615) 319-4416

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Ronda Friend http://www.RondaFriend.com

Fine arts should inspire (making one a better person), children learn by doing and thinking outside the box are three elements that motivate R. Friend’s performances and books. As an author, professional storyteller, musician/songwriter, Ronda has visited over 2,000 schools. Friend’s chapter books are examples of drawing from life experiences. Her dual reader picture books (poetry/prose) teach children there’s more than one way to write. She entertains, challenges, and inspires children to use their gifts and talents to become artists. Friend’s family nights include students singing two songs on stage then faculty/family members perform alongside their children. Check out her publishing company at https://www.sunflowerseedspress.com/

Contact Ronda Friend at rondafriend@rondafriend.com

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Character-based Assembly Programs

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R. Friend’s character-based assembly program challenges students to be avid readers, creative writers, and citizens with great character. This high energy, fast-paced, entertaining program is guaranteed to keep everyone totally engaged. Using professional storytelling, music, audience participation, sign language, history and life lessons, six-year-old Ronda takes the audience Down on Friendly Acres in the 50s and 60s. The room will explode with laughter as she plays Penelope the Pig, Sparky the Skunk, Sheriff Stinkbug, and finally the evil foxes in her one-of-a-kind picture book entitled P.U. You Stink – a book emphasizing teamwork.

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Program Title: Creative Writing Workshops

Program Type: Arts Integration

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Creative juices will flow as students learn by doing. With the use of an acrostic and an alliteration, seven important aspects of creative writing are covered. R. Friend encourages students by example to include music, poems, recipes, hidden objects, new vocabulary words, and true-to-life dilemmas in their stories. With Ronda at the helm, along with a unique, innovative writing card game, students will be motivated to think outside the box, stretching their imaginations to create a memorable, meaningful, magical story together. Students enter their stories for a chance to win signed copies of a book from R. Friend.

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Program Title: R. Friend Family Nights

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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An R. Friend family night, used in conjunction with a day program, will be extraordinary. Children will be begging parents and inviting their grandparents to return that evening for a memorable, magical moment. Ronda will engage the audience with professional storytelling, original songs, audience participation and a message of hope and love. However, the highlight of the evening is when every student in attendance will have the opportunity to sing, dance, act and use sign language as they perform two songs with Ronda on stage and act out P.U. You Stink. Students gifts and talents will be on display!

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