Nassau BOCES recently hosted New York State Senator Carl L. Marcellino at the Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) as he presented $50,000 to improve the facility’s theater, including curtains, sound system and lighting. As the Chair of the State Education Committee, the Senator also presented $100,000 to reduce tuition for the 2017-18 school year.
“We are overwhelmingly appreciative of the support we have received from Senator Marcellino and the entire State Education Committee,” said District Superintendent Dr. Robert R. Dillon. “We are proud of what these programs provide to students who have no other option for the types of intensive college and career training that we offer in the arts.”
The Senator received a tour of the theater and was able to sit in on a student rehearsal and converse with LIHSA students. The students were dancing and acting as they prepared for a performance at their annual College Fair. LIHSA offers world-class training and preparation for students in Nassau and Suffolk counties who are interested in exploring and pursuing careers in the arts.
“I am pleased to be able to help the Long Island High School for the Arts and the students and families they serve obtain a State grant,” said New York State Senator Carl L. Marcellino. “There is overwhelming evidence that kids immersed in the arts do better academically, it develops critical thinking skills and builds communication skills. I am glad New York State can offer students this world class facility for those who are interested in exploring and pursuing careers in the arts.”
For more information regarding the LIHSA programs, please visit www.nassauboces.org/lihsa.