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He had them crying 'Uncle'

'Uncle Pete,' a motivational speaker, leads assembly at Sharpsburg Elementary School

May 10, 2010|By JANET HEIM
  • "Uncle Pete" gets Sharpsburg Elementary School Students on their feet at a recent assembly.
Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG - Character building is an important part of classroom education these days, but the challenge is to present the material in a way that gets students' attention.

Sharpsburg Elementary School students got a real treat recently when a high-energy performance by "Uncle Pete" got the message across.

From his electric guitar to colorful shoes and tie-dyed shirt, "Uncle Pete's" interactive musical celebration got the students moving and thinking during a schoolwide assembly April 16.

Sharpsburg Elementary Principal Kathy Kelsey said she met "Uncle Pete" at a PTA conference, and thought his energy and fun approach would appeal to her students.

"It's definitely a unique program. It gets the kids' attention," Kelsey said.

Students learned about character building, bullying and respecting the environment while a light show and fog machine added special effects.

Peter Kedzia - a singer/songwriter, composer, musician, entertainer, recording engineer and producer - is the driving force behind "Uncle Pete."

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He is from Bel Air, Md., and has given 1,200 performances in five years, according to his website, http://www.unclepetewithkids.com.

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