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Letters: Let more attend arts high school

Christopher Helinka, a cast member of the national

Christopher Helinka, a cast member of the national touring company of the Broadway musical "Mamma Mia," teaches a master class at Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset on Monday, July 13, 2015. The high school and the Doshi STEM Institute will hold an open house on Saturday. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

If people want to save the BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts, they could start by encouraging enrollment from all school districts on Long Island [“Billy’s $1M gift,” News, Jan. 22].

We live in the Island Trees school district. We were told that my daughter and many other students aspiring for careers in the performing arts cannot attend the Syosset high school. However, if she aspired to a career in culinary arts, auto mechanics or cosmetology, there are BOCES programs she can attend in high school.

Maybe someone can tell these superintendents to allow students to enroll in the High School for the Arts, thereby increasing enrollment and tuition revenue. Maybe someone needs to tell Billy Joel.

Mary Ehrlinger, Levittown


I was thrilled to read about Billy Joel’s generous contribution supporting the wonderful Long Island High School for the Arts, and equally pleased to see Newsday herald this important news on its front page.

We have so many incredibly talented students on Long Island, and it’s vital that they know how revered the arts are.

Barbara Bengels, Garden City


It goes without saying that Billy Joel has a “New York State of Mind,” but now he is our very own homegrown champion for the arts.

Joel appreciates the need to foster and encourage children to pursue the arts in our schools, and now he has pledged money to help save the Long Island High School for the Arts.

Music, painting, sculpture, dance, theater, literature — these creative expressions of our culture will be the hallmarks of our civilization for generations to come.

Thank you, Billy Joel, for your foresight, compassion and generosity.

Adele Damian, Huntington

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired educator.


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