2019 Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous Education Outreach Program
The CVCR Educational Outreach Program was created to provide high quality educational western experiences with song and poetry in our rural Cache County schools and outlying areas. This program is funded by a generous grant from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. CVCR volunteer DeAnna Hulme coordinates this program. Last year (2018), 9 talented performers were in 24 schools, educating over 7700 students. This year we have these fine performers working in the schools:
Gary Allegretto-is an award winning and internationally acclaimed performer and recording artist. He is the founder of Harmonikids and will teach our local students how to play 4 songs on the harmonica in 1 hr.
Sam DeLeeuw-Teaches about western life through poetry & writing skills; often accompanied by Dave Anderson professional western musician, and Thatch Elmer & Colton Blankman school age cowboy poets teaching/mentoring their peers as they present their poetry.
Clive Romney-is a Pearl Award winning songwriter/singer, story teller of Utah History. Clive plays the guitar, banjo, shovel and rake if your looking at the right time.
Krazy Ani (aka Kristen Lloyd)-is a musician, singer/songwriter and master of “Old West Arena Arts” (trick roper, whip cracking, etc.) & western cartoon artist, will teach children about the old west and inspire them with great morals.
Ed Peekeekoot-is a Canadian Cree First Nation Indian, plays multi-instruments. Fabulous guitar instruction, singer-songwriter, and story-teller, Performances go from blazing guitar work to foot stomping fiddle and haunting Native flute – all sprinkled with his Cree humor and philosophy.
Kristyn Harris is 24 year old, American Idol finalist, songwriter & musician. Teaches skills and encourages students to follow their dreams and succeed. She is now the reigning IWMA Entertainer of the Year for 3 years in a row, which is the highest award given.
The performers arrive early in the week before the main CVCR event to teach and entertain our students in unique ways, enhancing their self esteem & educational core curriculum through western/folk music; poetry writing/recitation; hands-on instrument instruction & storytelling. This provides meaningful links between what they learn in books and in their own personal lives. The Outreach Program also includes the poetry contests, giving kids of all ages a chance to write, and/or recite poetry and practice public speaking skills. Some performers and CVCR committee members present educational programs later in the spring and fall, reaching even more students during the year as far away as Garfield County and Bryce Valley.
Our volunteers and performers are pleased to work with the schools & students, to make a difference in their lives, giving them alternative activities and ideas that teach great values, molding them into more rounded, informed and positive individuals.