Ecology Shows in your town!

Clean Communities and Recycling Coordinators...
These exciting and informative musical assemblies and workshops are mix & match, plug & play, and ready to rock the schools in your town!
Principals, PTA/PTO Cultural Arts folks, and other interested parties...
You may already have a relationship with your town’s Clean Communities Coordinator, If not, we will help coordinate funding for these programs (if available)!

NJCC-logo-160pxThrough song, humor, and fun, Jay has taken the Clean Communities recycling and anti-littering vision to over 100 New Jersey towns so far!  Now offering 3 exciting assembly programs: Home Sweet Home, The Lean Green Cleanup Machine, and The Day The School Went Wild!

Call 413-627-3145 right now, or click to email Jay

Frequently Asked Questions

Imagine a big group of kids and teachers entering into the auditorium, cafeteria, or gym. Jay’s floor-based percussion rig, keyboard, and guitar are already set up, and the screen is illuminated with the image of a giant green robot. After Jay introduces himself and explains why he’s there, you’ll hear most kids in the room singing along with him. Each song addresses the educational goals and values of NJ Clean Communities. Serious topics are addressed, but the whole experience is framed in fun, and the kids will remember the lessons through the musical hooks and humor.

Includes ten fun, interactive songs about reducing, reusing, recycling, and renewing, plus compost, anti-littering, and stormwater runoff. An exciting mix of material featuring Jay’s guitar and keyboard, plus his own innovative foot percussion rig, made from recycled materials, found objects, and broken-down musical gear.

The short answer is, however many will fit comfortably in the room! Jay’s got an excellent, state-of the art sound system and projector, and loves presenting to the big crowds. On the other hand, most schools like to divide the kids into younger and older groups. This allows for a more specifically tailored program for each age range.

Fees are flexible, based on such factors as distance, seasonal availability, and block-booking discounts. In general though, programs range from $500 to $800, with second assemblies set at half-price.

Posters, press releases, and one-page teachers guides are sent to the school in the month before the show, along with audio CDs to help the kids learn the song choruses.

No, not unless you want to! You can be as involved as you like, but most Clean Communities Coordinators arrange a funding agreement with Jay, and then he sets up a date with the school or schools, and everything else too. You’re encouraged to come to one of the programs, but that’s totally up to you.

quotes from school leaders…

“Jay, I really enjoyed the assembly that you provided for our school yesterday. We have had multiple Clean Communities assemblies and yours was truly the best we have had here. Many teachers and students told me that they thoroughly enjoyed it and that they hope you can return someday.”Stewart Potter, Principal, Quinton Township ES
“I wanted to say thank you again for the fantastic program you put on for us here at North Dover ES. You were energized and enthusiastic. The children really enjoyed your songs and message…we hope to see you again next year. Thanks again!”Justin Howard, Vice Principal, North Dover ES
“Jay’s presentation today delivered a clear message on keeping our environment clean and healthy. At our full school assembly, he captured the attention of all our K thru 3rd graders with sing-a-long songs and engaged their participation on ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and renew while helping our entire Earth. Wonderful performance that enhanced our Walk-to School day.”Paula Krill, Southern Blvd PTO, Chatham
“Absolutely fantastic! Jay’s concert totally engaged our children, and was parent friendly too! Great feedback from all who attended! Nancy Farber, Director, Cushman School

Southwest Elementary, Torrington, CT

I thought the program was excellent. The children really enjoyed the audience participation. They seemed to be fascinated by the sign language. I also liked the fact that they did a great variety of songs. – C. Gelzinis, 2nd grade

Top Notch! Definitely kept the interest of the children. – P. Matey, 3rd grade

Excellent! I really enjoyed them — they are true professionals and have great showmanship!! – Carolyn, 1st grade

Alden Intermediate School, Alden, NY

Nice job! Lots of student participation and very upbeat! -Thomas Lyons, 3rd-5th grades

Wonderful! Entertaining, age appropriate, educational, never boring, and just the right length of time! – Pat Blarr, 5th grade

PS 42, Staten Island NY

Thank you, Jay! We enjoyed the show! – Janice LoPresti, Assistant Principal

I thought it was excellent! – Anne Logan, 4th grade,

Wonderful! Great audience interaction, and they held the children’s attention.
– Mrs. Vitale, 2nd grade

Charles E. Walters, Yaphank

Great! The children were participants throughout the show. They used music and body movements to express language. Very educational and fun for the children, too! – Laura DeNapoli, 3rd grade

Fine, professional performance. A real learning experience. Keep up the good work! – Jeanette Campbell, 4th grade

Very good! Both entertaining and engaging. – G. Pozzolani, 5th grade

Superb! Very interactive with well-chosen international songs. – Mohna Podder, Pre-K

I think the music and hand movements were great and the children participated really well! – Pat Trahey, 1st – 3rd grade

The music was great and the songs fit in well with Montessori philosophy. A very enjoyable program! – 1st – 3rd grade

“Jay Mankita jumps up and down with a big grin on his face, playing incredible guitar, getting everyone laughing. Moments later, he’s doing a dead serious song with no accompaniment. Come hear this guy, I think he’s one of the half dozen best songwriters today.” – Pete Seeger

“Jay’s songs are thoughtful, humorous, provocative, and engaging. He reveals a great deal of feeling for serious issues, seasons them with a bit of humor, and weaves his own unique style of guitar playing throughout. Treat your audience to some Jay Mankita!” – Kate Patton, Director, Globe Theater

“He’s a musical pied piper; quick, nimble, and wonderfully crazy. He alternates complexity, simplicity, and hilarity, leading us to the most beautifully obvious conclusion; that we’re all human, we’re all in this together, and it’s not so bad after all.” – Margie Rosenkrantz, Director, The Eighth Step

“The blending, in fact, is what makes Mankita such an outstanding performer . . . Even within individual verses of the same song, Mankita will shift his voice from a Brombergian growl to a soft and mellow falsetto; pull his tempo from allegretto to a dramatic legato; from Windham Hillian wallpaper background to a snapping fret-slapping blues style. With his assortment of styles and voices, you never find your mind wandering.” – Jeremy Bloom, Schenectady Daily Gazette

“A consumate folk artist who performs in a whimsical, versatile style for both children and adults; a good portion of his work is environmentally, or peace-and-justice based”. – Whole Earth Review

We loved it! The stories and music were appropriate to my grade level, and I appreciate it– Miss Guilfoyle, Kindergarten, Apalachin Elementary

I thought the program was excellent. The theme and materials were age appropriate. I liked the fact the children had prior preparation for the songs he presented. The children liked having audience participation. – J. DeNap, 1st grade, Apalachin Elementary

Loved it. Kids were involved, but then settled down. Thanks. They had very favorable comments about it when they came back. – Miss Watson, Kindergarten, Apalachin Elementary

My students and I really enjoyed your presentation about endangered animals. Your music, your rapport with younger students, and your ability to reach an audience made this assembly so very special. Thank you. – Kathy Rutan, 1st grade, East Dover Elementary, NJ

Your program was great. I’d like to see you again. This was a great way for our kids to see a live program with a very important message. Thanks! – Bill Douglas, 2nd grade, East Dover Elementary, NJ

The students really enjoyed the program They learned about different animals and the regions they lived in. They loved the rhyming songs and the “rap.” Great program! Let’s do it again! It goes beautifully with our curriculum. – Jane Rughkowski, 2nd grade, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary

I thought the program was excellent. Jay’s interaction and tone with the children was wonderful and the content was appropriate and important. The children enjoyed it.  Gina Barbato, Kindergarten, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary

It was a wonderful program. All the children were involved. “Conservation” awareness was obvious by all the responses that were elicited–and children were made aware of environmental safety for animal, forests, etc. Good program! – Ruth Tepper, 2nd grade, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary

My class really enjoyed the assembly. We did a lot of work before the assembly on all the things you sing about in your songs. I know my children learned a lot from your music. Thank you for your wonderful music. I hope we hear a lot more of your music in the future. My class sang along the whole time and were thrilled when you came back to our classroom for a visit.  Coleen Brunken, 1st grade, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary

More Reviews & Letters

Excerpts from Teachers
Dear Jay, On behalf of our 5th and 6th grade students and teachers, I would like to thank you for a delightful concert with a serious message.  Your technique of involving students personally in songwriting is certainly unique…I would strongly recommend to any school that has the opportunity to engage your services, to do so.  You certainly have a way with kids (adults, too).  Please continue encouraging, through song, the reclaiming of our planet.  Good luck in all future endeavors.
– Betsy Matthias, Assistant Principal, Ellenville Elementary School

 

Your time with us this week was truly a gift. Your wonderfully creative, sensitive, yet engaging style gave us something to look forward to each day. Good luck to you as you continue to pursue your dreams and goals. – Sue Ouderkirk, Teacher, Tanglewood Elementary School

Thank you so much for inspiring our class and me! Your presence in our room has been very motivating. I especially appreciate that you never spoke down to the children. You shared your high expectations with them, but in a very encouraging way. Enclosed are some notes from our children. They are unedited, and from the ‘inside.’  I hope you enjoy them.”-Suzanne Morris, Teacher, Tanglewood Elementary School

Reviews

 

“Dear Jay, On behalf of over 125 parents and children who attended your performance at our library, I want to thank you for sharing your outstanding musical skills with us, as well as your knowledge of the environment.  We all enjoyed your performance because it entertained, as well as informed.  You definitely presented issues and ideas that are not necessarily a part of most children’s concerts.  It was especially fun to see the enthusiastic participation of the audience.”

– Eleanor Henricks, Youth Services Librarian, Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY

“Dear Jay, Let me take a few minutes to let you know how exciting and enjoyable your program was at Monroe Free Library.  Your enthusiasm and creativity electrified our group of almost 100 children and parents.  Thank you, thank you for an enjoyable and memorable show. “

– Barbara Spielmann, Monroe Free Library, NY

“Dear Jay, I can’t thank you enough for such an outstanding children’s program.  The way you involved the audience and captured the attention of children from age two to teenagers was truly remarkable.  Without even knowing it, the children were learning some timeless values regarding their treatment of the world.  We will definitely consider your programs in the future and make arrangements for another “packed house,” which

I feel confident we can count on again.  I look forward to hearing from you regarding next year’s show.” Thank you once again for a marvelous performance.
– Joanne Trask, Phoenix Public Library, NY

Plaza School, Baldwin, NY

Please let me formally extend my sincere thanks on behalf of Plaza School in Baldwin for your excellent “Halloween Concert” on October 30, 2001. Students from all grade levels were captivated by your performance.

 Our younger grades really loved your “Pumpkin Pie” song and were singing “I’m Not Scared” on the bus on their recent field trip. I heard from many parents that yours how was the topic of conversation at the dinner table for several nights and the children were teaching their parents to sign the words to the songs. 

Our older grades participated in and enjoyed your show almost as much as the younger children and they loved having their classmates come to the stage with you to dance the “Monster Mash.” And our teachers seemed to show great enthusiasm during the singing and signing of your songs . . . 

Once again, I thank you on behalf of the Plaza School family and we would be happy to recommend your services to other schools in our area. – Patti Sisco, PTA Cultural Arts Chairperson

Deauville Gardens ES, Copiague, NY

Thank you so much for coming to Deauville Gardens with your Halloween concert. Everyone had only good things to say about it! Looking forward to your other show in December! -Donna Frescott, PTA

Excellent! The students got very involved. The concert incorporated listening and speaking skills. We need more programs like this. The kids had a blast! – Mary Prisco, 2nd grade

Excellent! Children were actively involved and interested in the stories and songs. All the material was very age appropriate. Adults enjoyed it too! – Mrs. I. DiGiovanna, 3rd grade

Bravo!! The concert was age appropriate, completely engaging and lots of fun! – Stacy Bach, Kindergarten

I loved it! The kids were actively listening to and participating in all songs and stories! – Jennifer Routh, 4th grade

Excellent! Great audience participation! – Dawn Masure, 5th grade

Reviews

“Dear Jay, On behalf of over 125 parents and children who attended your performance at our library, I want to thank you for sharing your outstanding musical skills with us, as well as your knowledge of the environment.  We all enjoyed your performance because it entertained, as well as informed.  You definitely presented issues and ideas that are not necessarily a part of most children’s concerts.  It was especially fun to see the enthusiastic participation of the audience.”

– Eleanor Henricks, Youth Services Librarian, Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY

“Dear Jay, Let me take a few minutes to let you know how exciting and enjoyable your program was at Monroe Free Library.  Your enthusiasm and creativity electrified our group of almost 100 children and parents.  Thank you, thank you for an enjoyable and memorable show. “

– Barbara Spielmann, Monroe Free Library, NY

“Dear Jay, I can’t thank you enough for such an outstanding children’s program.  The way you involved the audience and captured the attention of children from age two to teenagers was truly remarkable.  Without even knowing it, the children were learning some timeless values regarding their treatment of the world.  We will definitely consider your programs in the future and make arrangements for another “packed house,” which

I feel confident we can count on again.  I look forward to hearing from you regarding next year’s show.” Thank you once again for a marvelous performance.

– Joanne Trask, Phoenix Public Library, NY

 

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  • LPM-Home-Sweet-Home-Promo
  • HOME SWEET HOME CONCERT
    Helping kids build a better world through fun, interactive songs on reducing, reusing, recycling, and renewing! Plus composting, anti-littering, and groundwater awareness.
  • PE-Lean-Green-Promo
  • THE LEAN GREEN CLEANUP MACHINE CONCERT
    Anti-littering and recycling, community pride and neighborhood cleanups, Inventions and progress in recycling technology. And awesome songs!

  • School-Wild-Promo
  • THE DAY THE SCHOOL WENT WILD
    Also known as “The Day The Library Went Wild, or “Wild Songs & Natural Stories”, this concert changes names faster than a cheetah can change spots… wait, is that even possible?
  • PE-Cardboard-Promo
  • CREATIVE CARDBOARD CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP
    Participants bring cardboard of all types, Jay supplies tape, ping-pong balls, kid-friendly tools, and plenty of challenges and inspiration for the kids.
Call 413-627-3145 to book a program, or click to email Jay!