The second-grade scholars from Wyandanch Union Free School District’s Lafrancis Hardiman Elementary School had the unique opportunity to learn performing arts skills thanks to an arts education program sponsored by the Tilles Center.
The week-long program provided scholars with a wide range of learning experiences to harness and develop their creativity in the fine arts and culminated with a lively performance which included African dance and drumming, spoken word including a poem by Maya Angelou, singing, running, and jumping.
“Fine and performing arts are a necessary part of a well-rounded education,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gina Talbert. “Our ongoing partnership with the Tilles Center is important to the academic, social and emotional growth of our scholars and helps them learn to communicate through artistic expression.”
The partnership with the Tilles Center has been ongoing for several years thanks to Regent Roger Tilles who has helped secure funding and support for the program in the district.
He attended the performance as a sign of support for the performing scholars, teachers and staff from the Tilles Center who worked throughout the week to rehearse and perform a fantastic show for a packed audience of family and friends.